While Sindhu lost in straight games against Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 18-21, 13-21, Srikanth fought hard before going down to Tzu Wei Wang of Chinese Taipei in three games 21-19, 9-21, 19-21.
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In the women’s singles Group ‘B’, Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand won two matches to make it to the next stage. She beat Ratchanok on Wednesday and Tai Tzu Ying on Thursday.
Both Ratchanok and Tai Tzu Ying won one match each and they face each other on Friday. The winner of this tie will make it to the knockout stage. Sindhu will face Chochuwong on Friday and even if she wins it she will not qualify. Carolina Marin of Spain and An Se Young of South Korea qualified from Group A.
In men’s singles Group B, Anders Antonsen of Denmark and Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei made it to the knockout stage with two victories each. Srikanth will face Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong on Friday. Either of them will not qualify.
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After winning the first game comfortably, Srikanth lost his rhythm in the second game. In the decider, the Indian worked hard and even saved three match points from 16-20 but was not able to clinch the match.
Srikanth said he had to find a way to win close matches. “I have to figure out a way to pull out these close matches. I was dominating him for most part of the third game. I think it’s about match practice, playing against top players continuously. We haven’t played for a year, and before that I wasn’t playing against top eight players continuously. I feel I’m almost there. After 15-all or 16-all it’s a matter of a few points,” Srikanth told the BWF website.
Meanwhile, Sindhu lost from a dominant position against Ratchanok. The Indian was leading 12-7 and 14-10 in the first game before the Thai made a splendid comeback to catch up with Sindhu at 14-14. Sindhu widened the margin again but from 17-18 Ratchanok scored four straight points to take the game.
In the second game, Ratchanok dominated the Indian. Sindhu said that losing the first game made the difference. “It wasn’t my day. Losing the first game made the difference. My timing was a bit off, so I was a bit disappointed. I will have to win against Pornpawee tomorrow. I played her a long time ago, it was three games and she won 21-19 in the third game. She’s a good player and played well against Ratchanok yesterday,” Sindhu told the BWF website.