China Open: PV Sindhu Suffers Shock Loss to Pornpawee Chochuwong in Second Round
PV Sindhu lost to Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round after Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty too lost at the China Open.
PV Sindhu (Image: AFP)
Changzhou: PV Sindhu lost to Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand of the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament here on Thursday.
Sindhu lost Chochuwong 21-12 13-21 21-19 in just 58 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, the men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out after suffering a straight-game loss to Japan's Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda on Thursday.
Satwik and Chirag, ranked 15th in the world, could not maintain their decent start against their fourth-seeded opponents and went down 19-21, 8-21 in the second-round match that lasted 33 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium.
This is the second instance this year, after the Japan Open loss in July, that Satvik and Chirag emerged out on the losing side against the combination of Kamura and Sonoda.
Later in the day, the mixed doubles pair of Satwik and Ashwini Ponanappa, who stunned Indonesia's world no.7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the opening round, lost 11-21 21-16 12-21 to Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo of Japan.
Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth will also be playing their respective singles' second-round clashes later.
(With inputs from IANS and PTI)
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