PV Sindhu misplaced to Zhang Yi Man of China© AFP
There was no finish to P V Sindhu’s poor run because the star Indian shuttler made a primary spherical exit from the All England Championships after dropping to Zhang Yi Man of China in straight video games in Birmingham on Wednesday. The world quantity 9 Sindhu, a double Olympic medallist, misplaced 17-21 11-21 within the 39-minute girls’s singles contest. This is the third time that Sindhu has misplaced her first spherical match this yr. She had misplaced to Carolina Marin of Spain in Malaysia Open in January earlier than exiting the Indian Open on the similar stage in the identical month.
She had not too long ago parted methods together with her coach Park Tae-sang of Korea, below whose steering she gained a bronze on the Tokyo Olympics.
Sindhu was rusty and subdued all through the match together with her world quantity 17 opponent exhibiting extra agility and attacking intent.
There was not a lot to distinguish initially between the 2 who had 1-1 head-to-head document earlier than Wednesday’s match.
Sindhu led 6-5 after which made it 16-13. But the Chinese shuttler gained seven straight factors to steer 20-16 earlier than taking the primary sport in 21 minutes.
In the second sport, the 2 gamers had been tied 5-5 however Sindhu dedicated just a few unforced errors and was quickly down 5-10.
Sindhu recovered a bit to path 7-11 however was quickly down 9-16 earlier than dropping the second sport and the match.
Earlier in the course of the day, India’s girls’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela surprised seventh seeded Thailand duo of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 21-18 21-14 in a 46-minute first spherical match.
The Indian duo will meet the Japanese pair of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota within the pre-quarterfinals.
On Tuesday, Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy had gained their respective males’s singles first spherical matches.
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