Kuala Lumpur: Former world champion PV Sindhu’s campaign at the Malaysia Open BWF Super 750 series badminton tournament ended on Friday with a quarterfinal loss at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying.
Sindhu lost 21-13, 15-21, 13-21 to Tai Tzu in 53 minutes here at the Axiata Arena. With a win the Taipei shuttler strengthen her head-to head record 16-5 over the Indian ace.
Sindhu started slow before heading and was trailing 2-5 after the early exchanges. She then found the rhythm and head into breather with 11-7 lead. Post break, she raced to 14-8 lead. TTY retaliated with couple of high intensity shots to reduce the lead. But Sindhu kept her grip on the game and pocketed the opening game 21-13.
After the change of sides, Tai Tzu regrouped and didn’t let Sindhu to position herself in the game. She showcased a deadly game and held 11-3 lead at the time of mid-game interval.
After the break, Tai Tzu kept pushing Sindhu to commit errors but the later earned few points to pose a threat. Trailing 14-7, Sindhu unleashed a series of powerful smashes to reduce the gap to 17-15. Tai Tzu was quick to take the next six points and took the match into decider.
The Taipei shuttler held early lead before the decider engaged closely contested affair and it was Taipie shuttler who held slender 11-9 advantage at break.
Tai Tzu opened the gap with 16-11 lead after the break and kept earning a series of points to reach 7-match point opportunity and sealed the deal to keep her title defence on track.
This was the Sindhu’s sixth straight loss to Tai Tzu and 16th defeat in 21 matches. She had lost to Tai Tzu Ying in the Tokyo 2020 semifinals.