India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu suffered yet another shocking exit from the first round as she was stunned by Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po, who is ranked at 42nd spot in the rankings, in China Open 2019. Sindhu hasn’t been able to continue her winning run since the gold medal win at BWF World Championship and today’s defeat against much lower-ranked shuttler was one of the biggest upsets.
Sindhu started strongly with a dominating 21-13 win in the opening set but the experienced player made a comeback and won the next two closely fought sets 21-18 and 21-19. It was a close defeat for Sindhu but meant that she crashed out of the tournament from the first round.
After Sindhu’s exit, all eyes will be on Saina Nehwal, who faces China’s Cai Yan Yan tomorrow. She hasn’t been in form of late and it remains to be seen if the Olympic-medallist gets past her opponent.
The recent form of Indian shutters is a sign of worry and going into Olympics 2020, the performances might worry the Indian contingent. It had won the gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2018. In 2016, Sindhu had created history in Rio by winning a silver medal – she lost Carolina Marin in the final. She was one of the two medallists at the quadrennial event – Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal in wrestling.
Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, and Parupalli Kashyap are other shuttlers who will be in action in singles contests at China Open. They will be facing Tommy Sugiarto, Lee Cheuk Yiu and Sitthikom Thammasin tomorrow, respectively.
Making his comeback from dengue, H.S. Prannoy, 27, was in action today but suffered a close 17-21, 18-21 defeat against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke.
India’s star shuttle Kidambi Srikanth had already withdrawn from the tournament earlier. With him pulling out, Kento Momota received first-round bye.