Ratchanok Intanon – all creative wrists and space genius – beat PV Sindhu in the Indonesian Open Super 1000 semi-finals in three games and 54 minutes on Saturday. Intanon played his first final in 22 months, winning the semi-finals 15-21, 21-9, 21-14, while Sindhu has yet to get past this stage in four tournaments since the Tokyo Olympics this year.
Deceitful players and hitmakers, namely Tai Tzu Ying and Intanon, generally made tricky customers for the Sindhu. Ranked No.8 in the world, Intanon made his way into the match against Sindhu after a lost match – going for the lines, appearing to hold the shuttle in the air for a nanosecond before weaving cross falls with the actions of the most imperceptible wrists and alternation of rhythm mid-rally to build a masterful canvas. When she wasn’t sending delicate drops floating in the short corner of Sindhu’s backhand, she was whipping straight smashes.
“(After losing the first match) I thought I had nothing more to lose,” Intanon told BWF after the match, “His (Sindhu) mental and (physical) condition was better than me, I think now, but I gave it my all today. I tried to maintain my thinking. My goal is to prepare for the world championship, so I didn’t think too much about the game. I play a final after a good awhile, so I’m happy. ”She takes on Korean teen phenomenon An Se-Young on Sunday.
Intanon has had a rough year so far – she lost her mother after the Olympics and would suffer a right shoulder injury in training and retire halfway through her Uber Cup match against Chen Yufei . She also wore straps over her shoulder in Saturday’s semi-final. Her movements on the ground – prancing on her toes in ballet fashion and precision thrusts – like that of the decision maker where she sent the shuttle flying over Sindhu’s shoulder, which desperately hit the air and took it down. watched obediently fall inside the baseline – can frustrate opponents. It’s the kind of shot that can mess up a player’s head. That would give Intanon an 11-5 lead. Sindhu would miss a regulation net soon after, although he put it in place thoughtfully and picked the shuttle early at the top of the board.
Sindhu has now lost to Intanon in all three of his meetings so far this year. The previous two defeats came in the finals of the Thailand Open and World Tour in January this year. The Sindhu now has two days to regroup for the World Tour finals and a week’s break later, the World Championships.