Indian challenge over as Sindhu, Srikanth bow out of Malaysian Open 2018

Kuala Lumpur: The Indian challenge in the Malaysia Open came to an end as shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu went down fighting in their respective women’s and men’s singles semifinals to draw the curtains on the team’s campaign at the $700,000 Malaysia Open Super World Tour 750 tournament here on Saturday.

World No. 7 Srikanth went down in straight games to former world number 2 Japan’s Kento Momota 13-21, 13-21 in the 42-minute clash.

Sindhu, too, met the same fate in the women’s singles semifinals, against World No.1 and defending champion Tai Tzu Ying 15-21, 21-19, 11-21 in a 55-minute match.

It was Srikanth’s sixth defeat to Momota in nine meetings, while Sindhu has now lost nine times to Tai Tzu, this being her fifth successive reverse.

Earlier on Friday, Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu overcame a stiff challenge after beating reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin 22-20, 21-19 in a fiercely-fought 53-minute quarter-final clash while Srikanth had outclassed France’s Brice Leverdez 21-18, 21-14.

(With agency inputs)