1.10 p.m.: Sindhu’s game began to click again near the finish of this round, but the damage had already been done. The Indians have now lost five consecutive semifinals on the circuit. But it’s great to see Intanon cheerful and in a final once more. It’s her very first of the year.
PV Sindhu won by scores of 21-15, 9-21, and 13-18. Sindhu’s net mistake would have read “URGGHHH! ” if this match had subtitles. Sindhu’s net error would have read “URGGHHH!” if this match had captions, according to Ratchanok Intanon.” May reclaim the serve and retake the lead with a body smash.
PV Sindhu won scores of 21-15, 9-21, and 13-16. Ratchanok Intanon: A couple of points on serve and a fist punch. Sindhu continues to play with intent… and on the next point, a stunning forehand crosscourt reflex winner from Sindhu leaves May on the court. This is a good run for the Indians.
PV Sindhu won scores of 21-15, 9-21, and 10-16. Ratchanok Intanon: May misses a straight smash, and Sindhu’s chances are slim.
PV Sindhu 21-15, 9-21, 9-15; Sindhu 21-15, 9-21, 9-15; Sindhu 21-15 Intanon Ratchanok: Sindhu had a couple of good points; she is playing better at the moment, but the lead may be too much to overcome. May lets out a rare shout as she scores another short-ish point. There aren’t many rallies going on right now.
PV Sindhu won scores of 21-15, 9-21, and 7-14. Ratchanok Intanon: Oh no, Sindhu misses a simple net kill after putting together a nice point. For the Indian, this is awful news. To reclaim the services, make a good service return.
PV Sindhu 21-15, 9-21, and 6-13 are the scores. Intanon Ratchanok: Sindhu has returned to the near side and begins with a stunning round-the-head victory. Are you on a point streak? May, on the other hand, receives the service immediately. Sindhu then made another mistake and shook her head.
PV Sindhu won by scores of 21-15, 9-21, and 5-11. Ratchanok Intanon: Both players make errors, and May maintains her advantage… she’s up to 5 points now when Sindhu misses a backhand. The standard has deteriorated. May then sees a clear land in, giving the Thais a significant advantage at the change of ends.
PV Sindhu won by scores of 21-15, 9-21, and 4-8. Ratchanok Intanon: Intanon has taken another early lead,and Sindhu is missing the lines to go for the kill. She is, nevertheless, attempting to quicken the pace.
PV Sindhu won by scores of 21-15, 9-21, and 4-6. Ratchanok Intanon: Sindhu with a couple of small roars there, that’s encouraging. She hasn’t given up yet. That followed with a brilliant crosscourt victory. Sindhu’s next point is a challenge, and it’s oh-so-close wide!
PV Sindhu won by a score of 21-15, 9-21, and 2-3. Intanon Ratchanok: I’m not sure if the end she was playing from made a difference, but Sindhu will want to get a head start because she’ll finish on the near side. She takes the first two points but then surrenders the next three, including the third, which is a missed smash. If the signals are to be believed, the Indian’s situation does not appear to be promising.