Berliner Tageszeitung - Sindhu outplayed as India crashes out of Thailand's Uber Cup

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Sindhu outplayed as India crashes out of Thailand's Uber Cup




Sindhu outplayed as India crashes out of Thailand's Uber Cup
Sindhu outplayed as India crashes out of Thailand's Uber Cup / Foto: © AFP

India crashed out of Thailand's Uber Cup on Thursday after women's badminton superstar PV Sindhu came up short against local crowd favourite Ratchanok Intanon.

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Thailand will now progress to the women's semi finals against China, while Japan will meet Korea on Friday.

Spurred on by a rowdy crowd, eighth-ranked Intanon -- a former world champion -- fought back from one game down to beat Tokyo bronze medallist Sindhu 18-21, 21-17, 21-12.

Light on her feet, Intanon's technical skills helped her battle the severe sideways drift on court.

"I know she is an attacking player... I was trying to be myself," Intanon told reporters.

Fourth-ranked An Se-young from South Korea triumphed over Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt -- who is 14th in the world -- 18-21, 21-15, 21-18.

Earlier, world number one Akane Yamaguchi saw off Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying -- a day after a surprise loss to Bilqis Prasista, a teenage Indonesian rookie ranked 333rd in the world.

Tai -- ranked second in the world -- pushed her Japanese 24-year-old opponent to three games but lost 10-21, 21-19, 19-21.

Meanwhile, Prasista, 18, managed to put up an admirable fight against China's He Bing Jiao -- ranked ninth in the world -- dragging out play for three games.

But after losing the first game 25-year-old He sealed victory: 19-21, 21-18, 21-7.

O. Karlsson--BTZ