Breaking:PV Sindhu bows out of All England, loses in semi final

National | March 18, 2018, midnight

Birmingham, March 17: India's star shuttler P.V. Sindhu lost to Japanese second seed Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final and bowed out from the  All England Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 here on Saturday. Sindhu lost 21-19, 19-21 and 18-21

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On Friday, Sindhu had overcame reigning world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to enter the semi-finals. The Rio Olympic Games silver medallist edged past seventh seed Okuhara 20-22, 21-18, 21-18 in an hour and 24 minutes in a last-eight women's singles clash here.

While the first game was a see-saw battle, with both not letting each other take long run of points, the second and third game saw fourth seeded Sindhu recover from difficult situations.

In the second game, Sindhu had a three-point advantage at 16-13 but the Japanese hit back and took the lead at 18-16. However, Sindhu displayed superb skills to win the game 21-18 and take the match to the third game.

In the third and decisive game, the Indian looked tired and trailed 12-16 but fought back to equalise with four straight points before sealing the game 21-18.

"It was a good match and she also played really well. It was anybody's game until the last point. I am happy that I pulled off this match. Also I was trailing like 12-16 and then I came back, so I am happy I won it. I just gave my best There were errors in my part as well. I had to control the those errors," Sindhu said after the win.

On her rivalry with Okuhara, she said: "There are good matches every time we play. Prior to the match, we both have won five match each. It not easy to get points from her. She tried to play long rallies like it happened during the World Championship final (in 2017)."

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