Denmark Open: PV Sindhu suffers narrow loss; Ajay Jayaram, HS Prannoy also exit
PV Sindhu suffered a narrow loss against Sayaka Sato of Japan in women's singles to draw curtains on Indian campaign at Denmark Open.
Odense: Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu suffered a narrow loss against Sayaka Sato of Japan in women's singles to draw curtains on Indian campaign at Denmark Super Series premier, here on Thursday.
In a battle of nerve, Sindhu went down fighting 13-21 23-21 18-21 to World No 12 Sato in a second round match that
lasted an hour and five minutes.
It was Sindhu first event after the Olympics and she will be back at French Open next week.
It was a bad day for India at Denmark as Ajay Jayaram and HS Prannoy also suffered losses in the second round of men's singles competition here.
Jayaram fought hard before going down 21-23 15-21 to Shi Yuqi of China, while Prannoy lost 10-21 20-22 to top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in a gruelling contest.
Sindhu fought back from 1-3 to lead 12-8 at one stage but she blew it as sato marched ahead, reeling off sixth points and then grabbing seven straight points.
In the second game, Sindhu was 10-15 down but she didnt give up and turned the tables after being tied 21-21 at one
The decider was another tough battle as both the shuttlers went neck and neck till 18-18 when the Japanese
A struggling Kidambi Srikanth was outplayed by his world number 2 opponent and Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Viktor Axelsen, who won the first match 21-12, 21-13 in 38 minutes.
Meanwhile, the men's team, which is already through to the quarter-finals, suffered a 1-4 defeat in their last group match, setting them up against Denmark in the last-eight stage
It was a second straight 5-0 win for India, with the team having beaten the Netherlands by an identical margin on Sunday.