Indonesian Masters: Lakshya Sen and Sindhu lose in quarter-finals

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Jakarta: Rising Indian badminton star Lakshya Sen battled against Chinese Taipei’s top-seeded rival Chou Tien Chen in the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament here on Friday.

Later, PV Sindhu was outplayed by Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon 21-12, 21-10 as the Indian challenge came to an end.

World Championships bronze medalist Sen bounced from behind to level the second game, but third-seeded Chinese Taipei was superior in the decision with a score of 21-16, 12-21, 21-14 in his favor after an intriguing battle that lasted over an hour.

It was Sen’s second straight loss to Chou in less than a month. Sen lost to Chou 19-21, 21-13, 17-21 in the Thomas Cup group stage.

The 2018 Asian Games silver medalist, who beat the Indian in the Thomas Cup group stage in their only previous encounter, put up a powerful show in the decider and applied early pressure on the 20-year-old.

The world No. 4 annexed three points in a row to build a six-point lead halfway through the decider.

Sen engaged in some superb rallies towards the end and even saved two match points, but his valiant efforts weren’t enough as the experienced 32-year-old held on to a 2-0 lead. head-to-head against the Indian. .

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