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India ace P V Sindhu’s run at the Indonesia Open came to an end after she went down in three games in a row to Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand in a hard-fought women’s singles semifinal.

PV Sindhu of India defeated in the women’s singles semi-finals of the Indonesia Open 2021 in Bali on Saturday against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon 21-15, 9-21, 14-21.

After losing in the semi-finals of the French Open and the Indonesia Masters, PV Sindhu, the defending world champion, lost her third consecutive semi-final defeat at a BWF event. It was also Ratchanok Intanon’s third straight loss against the Indian shuttler.

PV Sindhu, facing the world No. 8 Thai shuttler with a 6-4 head-to-head record against her, started going all out to take an early 8-3 lead.

The responsibility was on Ratchanok Intanon in the second game, with the Thai ace responding after the previous six matches between the two had been decided in straight games.

Ratchanok Intanon grabbed the early momentum, taking an 11-7 lead at the mid-game break, due to some powerful smashes and excellent net play. After the break, the Thai player increased his lead even further and cruised to a 21-9 victory.

The two fought toe-to-toe in the final in the early exchanges, but Ratchanok Intanon eventually broke away to take an 11-5 lead into the break.

In the final, Ratchanok Intanon will encounter An Seyoung of South Korea.

PV Sindhu last played in a final in March at the Swiss Open, where she lost to Carolina Marin, her arch-rival.

PV Sindhu lost 21-15 9-21 14-21 to world no. 8 Ratchanok Inthanon.

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