BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu goes down to Pornpawee Chochuwong in dead rubber

Bali, Indonesia Published: Dec 03, 2021, 04:31 PM(IST)

PV Sindhu lost to Pornpawee Chochuwong in final group match Photograph:( AFP )

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Chochuwong has already qualified for the knockouts alongside PV Sindhu.

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu on Friday lost her third and final Group A game in the women's singles event of the ongoing BWF World Tour Finals in Bali.

Playing at the Mangupura Hall - 1, Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand defeated reigning world champion by 21-12, 19-21, 21-14 in a match that lasted for one hour and 11 minutes. With this win, the Thai player has topped Group A. Chochuwong has already qualified for the knockouts alongside PV Sindhu.

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In a dead rubber match, the Thailand player stormed to an 11-6 lead in the first interval and closed out the game by 21-12 against the Indian.

The second game interval was the reversal of the first one as Sindhu lead Chochuwong 11-6. But the top-seed battled back and levelled the game at 19-19. Sindhu then held her nerve to force the decider by winning two straight points.

The Indian had a terrific start to the decider but Chochuwong came storming back. The Thai shuttler went from 5-6 to 11-7 at interval. Chochuwong faced no problem in clinching the game and match from thereon.

Earlier, Kidambi Srikanth lost his third and final Group B game in the men's singles as he was defeated by Lee Zii Jia by 21-19, 21-14 in a game that lasted for 37 minutes.

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Meanwhile, India's women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy on Friday beat the British duo of Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith in a hard-fought three-game encounter to end their campaign at the BWF World Tour Finals with a consolation win. 

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