China Open 2019: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty lose to top seeds Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo in semi-final
The Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty's impressive run came to an end after they lost to three-time defending champions Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia in the semi-final of USD 700,000 China Open on Saturday.
World Champion PV Sindhu suffered a shock defeat to lower-ranked Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei in the opening round to be ousted from the $700,000 China Open on Tuesday.
BWF China Open 2019: Saina Nehwal ousted by Busanan Ongbamrungphan after straight games defeat in Round 1
London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal lost 10-21, 17-21 at the hands of the World No 19 Busanan Ongbamrungphan in a match that lasted for 45 minutes.
BWF China Open 2019: Early exit of defensive stonewallers underlines mounting challenge of aggressive players; reaffirms growing fitness standards
Nozomi Okuhara, Akane Yamaguchi, Viktor Axelsen, and Lin Dan lost on the opening day of China Open, making it clear that the days of super-fit, defensive stonewallers are numbered when intrinsically aggressive players hit their straps; and, somewhat antithetically, that the most marginal drop in fitness levels spells doom for even highly accomplished players.
BWF China Open 2019: PV Sindhu will need to overcome 'subtle and not-so-subtle handicaps' to reign victorious again
Sindhu faces an additional handicap of not having her charismatic coach in her corner. Kim was unexpectedly called away to attend to her ailing husband, and has not yet been able to provide a date for her return to Hyderabad.