PV Sindhu crashes out of China Open

first_imgReigning world champion and title favourite PV Sindhu crashed out of the China Open Super 1000 tournament after suffering a pre-quarterfinals defeat to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the women’s singles on Thursday.India’s top shuttler Sindhu lost to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-12, 13-21, 19-21 in a duel which lasted for more than 50 minutes.Sindhu, who came into the match with a 3-0 lead against Pornpawee, dominated the first game as she lead 7-1 early on but the Thai shuttler reduced the deficit to 10-11 at the break.However, Sindhu reeled off eight straight points after the interval to jump to 19-10 and eventually sealed the first game comfortably.In the second game, Pornpawee changed gears and moved to a 5-1 advantage initially. Sindhu clawed back to 7-9 before the Thai youngster jumped to 15-7 with six straight points and held her fort to roar back into the contest.The decider started on an even note as the duo fought hard, moving together till 6-6 when Sindhu surged ahead to enjoy a 11-7 cushion at the break.However, Pornpawee kept breathing down Sindhu’s neck and slowly moved to 15-19. From there, the Thai shuttler blasted six points to leave the Indian shocked.Earlier, Sindhu had defeated China’s Li Xuerui 21-18, 21-12 in just 34 minutes to set up a clash with Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.With this loss, India’s challenge in the women’s singles event has come to an end as Saina Nehwal had made an exit after losing her opening-round clash to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan.advertisementAlso Read | PV Sindhu primed for Tokyo gold, says coach Pullela GopichandAlso see:last_img

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