Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won both his quarter-finals in the mixed and men’s doubles, respectively but PV Sindhu suffered a heavy defeat in the women’s singles quarter-finals against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon.
In men’s singles, Sameer Verma’s gallant fight too ended in agony as he went down in three games to Denmark’s Anders Antonsen at the Toyota Thailand Open in Bangkok on Friday.
Satwiksairajy claimed twin wins along with Ashwini Ponnappa and Chirag Shetty to keep India’s flag fluttering at the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament.
The doubles players gave fans something to cheer as Satwik and Ashwini upstaged world No. 6 pair of Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia 18-21, 24-22, 22-20 after toiling hard for one hour and 15 minutes.
Later in the day, Satwik and Chirag saw off another Malaysian pair of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 21-18, 24-22 in 37 minutes.
However, Sindhu’s defeat left a lot to be desired.
She looked a pale shadow of the player who had won the world championship gold in 2019 as she committed too many unforced errors to go down 13-21 9-21 against home favourite Ratchanok Inthanon.
“I made a lot of unforced errors and I think that I gave away easy points. I didn’t play my best today. It wasn’t my day,” Sindhu said.
Ratchanok, who had lost to Sindhu in their last three meetings, came out with a positive intent and eked out a three-point lead early on even as Sindhu failed to control the length, hitting long and wide.
In men’s singles, Sameer’s giant-killing run also came to an end after he squandered a match point to go down 13-21 21-19 20-22 to third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark in a quarter-final contest.
With the defeat of Sindhu and Sameer, the Indian challenge in the singles competition ended in the tournament.