Saturday, July 24, 2021

Denmark Open: PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma and Sai Praneeth knocked out in second round

HYDERABAD, October 17: Seventeen year-old An Se Young recorded the biggest victory of her career when she stunned world champion PV Sindhu in straight games 21-14, 21-17 in the second round of the Denmark Open BWF Super-750 Tournament in Odense on Thursday. Indian challenge also ended in men’s singles and doubles.
Sameer Verma went down to Chen Long of China 12-21, 10-21 and Sai Praneeth lost to Kento Momota of Japan in straight games 6-21, 14-21.
Incidentally, this is the third straight early exit for Sindhu after her historical Worlds title in August. She lost in the second round of China Open and the first round of the Korea Open last month.
The lanky shuttler surprisingly lost her form after the Worlds and on Thursday, she looked clueless as the Korean teen attacked her relentlessly with fast paced drives and down the line smashes, particularly on the backhand side of Sindhu.
Young, who won the Canada Open this year had lost in the final of the Hyderabad Open in August and Sindhu is the first high profile victim of her nascent career.
The world No. 19 Korean, started with a 6-1 lead and though Sindhu reduced that deficit to 7-8, Young raced ahead with a six-point burst to 14-7. The teen unsettled Sindhu with her sharp returns and as the Indian struggled to move well on the court, Young found many gaps with effortless ease.
Sindhu recovered in the second game and looked a lot better. She secured a 8-4 lead and went into the break at 11-9. After the break, a determined Young won the first point after a big rally but Sindhu replied with two body smashes to take the lead to 13-10.
Despite being pushed hard, Sindhu was in lead till 16-14. At this stage, Sindhu made a service error. Young capitalised on this chance, with a body smash followed by a down the line smash and a big rally. A couple of unforced errors by Sindhu enabled the Korean to collect six straight points to knock the Indian out of the tournament.
Lack of enough time to practice appears to be affecting Sindhu’s performance.
Thailand Open champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty suffered a straight game loss against Chinese sixth seeds Han Cheng Kai and Zhou Hao Dong 16-21, 15-21. (TNN)