Sindhu, Sameer, Praneeth crash out of Denmark Open

Odense, Oct 17 : Ace shuttler and world champion P.V. Sindhu crashed out of the Denmark Open after a straight-game loss against South Korea’s An Se Young in the second round here on Thursday.

Seeded fifth, Sindhu, an Olympic silver medallist, went down 14-21, 17-21 to her opponent in the 40-minute contest. This was Sindhu’s third successive early exit from a tournament since claiming the World Championship in Switzerland in August.

Sindhu did not look in control from the start of the match and ended up losing the first game. She however, showed signs of a comeback in the second game but Young proved too good for the Indian and clinched it to enter the third round.

There was also disappointment for India in the men’s singles and men’s doubles events as Sameer Verma and the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also went down in straight games in their second round matches.

Sameer lost 12-21, 10-21 to Olympic champion Chen Long of China in the men’s singles while Thailand Open champions Satwik and Chirag suffered a 16-21 15-21 defeat against the sixth seeded Chinese pair of Han Cheng Kai and Zhou Hao Dong in 31 minutes.

B. Sai Praneeth also suffered a 6-21, 14-21 defeat against Kento of Japan in the 33-minute contest.

/IANS

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