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Indonesia Open 2022: PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth crash out after opening-round losses at Istora


Indonesia Open 2022: Following her quarter-final defeat at Indonesia Masters last week, PV Sindhu was knocked out as early as the opening round after a straight-game defeat to China’s He Bing Jiao in the prestigious Super 1000 tournament in Jakarta on Tuesday, June 14.

Indonesia Open: PV Sindhu shown the door in 1st round by China’s He Bing Jiao (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PV Sindhu lost to He Bing Jiao 14-21, 18-21 in the women’s singles opening round
  • Sindhu has suffered a dip in form ahead of CWG 2022
  • Sai Praneeth’s poor run this season continued

Double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu was shown the door early at Indonesia Open 2022 after the Indian shuttler lost to China’s He Bing Jiao in the women’s singles first-round match at the Istora in Jakarta on Tuesday, June 14. The 7th seed lost the opener 14-21, 18-21 despite saving a couple of match points in the second game, in just 47 minutes.

Sindhu was handed a tough draw as she had to face World No. 9 He Bing Jiao, who was the top-ranked unseeded shuttler, as early as the opening round. Sindhu came up with some wonderfully-worked winners but she was not able to stitch a series of points amid relentless pressure from the southpaw in the opening round of the prestigious Super 1000 tournament.

Sindhu was down 2-9 in the opening game but she fought back to make it 10-12, but He Bing Jiao stole back the momentum and never looked back again.

Only last week, PV Sindhu had lost the quarter-final of Indonesia Masters, a Super 500 tournament, to Ratchanok Intanon 12-21, 10-21. The Indian shuttler has looked ordinary in Jakarta over the last two weeks but she will be hoping to hit peak form again, ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, former World Championships bronze medalist Sai Praneeth’s poor run on the tour continued with the world No. 19 crashing out in the opening round of the men’s singles event. Praneeth lost16-21, 19-21 to Denmark’s Hans Kristian Vittinghus in 45 minutes, slipping to his 5th opening-round loss in 6 tournaments in 2022.

With 2-time champion Saina Nehwal opting out of the tournament, India’s campaign in the women’s singles category is over.

Thomas Cup stars Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen will be in action later in the day at Istora. Sameer Verma will also begin his men’s singles campaign against Thomas Rouxel. It will be an all-Indian opening round match as Prannoy faces Sen later in the day.



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