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Denmark Open: PV Sindhu Loses To 17-Year-Old Korean In Second Round, Sai Praneeth Knocked Out

Denmark Open: PV Sindhu Loses To 17-Year-Old Korean In Second Round, Sai Praneeth Knocked Out


The 24-year-old Indian had lost in the second and first round at the China Open and Korea Open respectively in the last two events.

It turned out to be a dismal day for Indian shuttlers in general as B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, and men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also went down in straight games in their second rounds.

While Praneeth was outclassed by two-time World Champion Kento Momota of Japan 6-21, 14-21 in yet another dominating show, Sameer lost 12-21, 10-21 to Olympic champion Chen Long of China.

Thailand Open champions Satwik and Chirag also suffered a 16-21, 15-21 defeat against sixth seed Chinese combination of Han Cheng Kai and Zhou Hao Dong in men’s doubles.

Later in the day, Pranaav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy put up a gallant fight before going down 24-26, 21-13, 11-21 to fourth seeded Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the mixed doubles competition.

In the 40-minute women’s singles duel, Korea’s Se Young showed great control and precision as she didn’t allow Sindhu to execute her game plan.

The Korean raced to a 6-1 lead early on but Sindhu narrowed it down to 7-8 at one stage, raising expectations of a change of script.

But Se Young was relentless as she zoomed to a 14-7 advantage and then slowly moved ahead to pocket the opening game.

In the second game, Sindhu held a 8-4 lead at one stage but Se Young surpassed her with a 9-8 advantage.

Sindhu again moved ahead before the Korean reeled off six straight points from 14-16 to grab four match points and converted it on her second attempt to seal her place in the quarters.

Article source: https://sports.ndtv.com/badminton/denmark-open-pv-sindhu-knocked-out-after-losing-to-an-se-young-in-second-round-2118495

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