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Sindhu crashes out of All England championship
PV Sindhu suffered a straight-game defeat to fourth seed Juliane Schenk of German in the pre-quarterfinals.
Birmingham: Shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out of the All England Championship after suffering a straight-game defeat to fourth seed Juliane Schenk of German in the pre-quarterfinals of the women's singles event at the Super series premier tournament here on Thursday.
World number 16 Sindhu suffered a 17-21, 14-21 loss to the German in a 39-minute women's singles match here. Juliane rode on her smashes and better net play to outdo the Indian. Sindhu had a 5-1 lead but she could not held on to it as Juliane caught up at 6-6 and then both of them went neck and neck, before the German nosed ahead with four points straight.
In the second game, Sindhu once again had a 3-0 advantage but the German soon got past her after reeling off five consecutive points and then held her fort as Sindhu crumbled. Among others, top Indian male shuttler Parupalli Kashyap booked his place in the pre-quarterfinals of singles event after notching up a straight-game win over Jen Hao Hsu of Chinese Taipei last night.
World number nine Kashyap won his first round match 21-17, 21-18 in 43 minutes at the National Indoor Arena. He now runs into seventh seed Kenichi Tago of Japan later tonight. Sourabh Verma, who made it to the main draw after playing in the qualifying round, was the other Indian who made it to the round of 16 in the men's singles event.
Verma beat Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia 10-21, 21-14, 24-22 in a hard-fought 59-minute duel. He now faces eighth seed Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam in the pre-quarters later.
It was, however, curtains for Ajay Jayaram who lost 21-15, 18-21, 10-21 to Zhengming Wang of China in the opening round. In the mixed doubles event, V Diju and Jwala Gutta made it to the pre-quarterfinals with a 21-9, 21-17 win over Peter Kaesbauer and Isabel Herttrich of Germany, but the other two Indian pairs - Akshay Dewalkar and Pradnya Gadre, and Tarun Kona and Ashwini Ponnappa - fell by the wayside.
Dewalkar and Gadre lost to Malaysian combination of Jian Guo Ong and Yin Loo Lim 8-21, 13-21, while Kona and Ponnappa were beaten 18-21, 10-21 by Fran Kurniawan and Shendy Puspa Irawati of Indonesia.