World Champion and Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu on Thursday lost to South Korea's Se Young An 14-21, 17-21 in the second round of the Denmakr Open 2019.
This was Sindhu’s third successive early exit from a tournament since claiming the World Championship at Basel, Switzerland in August.
17-year-old Se Young dominated from the beginning and won four consecutive points to take a 6-1 lead in the first game. Sindhu fought to make it 7-8 but lost six consecutive points to fall behind at 7-14. The Indian was able to win seven points further into the game, but Se Young powered through to take the game 21-14.
Sindhu began the second game strongly as she won four consecutive points to lead 8-4, but the South Korean closed in the gap by winning four points in a row to make it 8-8. The world No. 19 pegged back Sindhu every time she took a lead, as she went from 15-16 to 20-16 and then wrapped up the match at 21-17.
India's challenge in the women's singles ended with Sindhu's defeat after Saina Nehwal lost in the first round to Japan's Sayaka Takahashi on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Sameer Verma was ousted by China's Chen Long losing 12-21, 10-21 in the second round.
Thailand Open champions Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty suffered a 16-21, 15-21 defeat against sixth seed Chinese combination of Han Cheng Kai and Zhou Hao Dong in the second round.
B. Sai Praneeth bowed out in the second round after losing 6-21, 14-21 to reigning world champion Kento Momota. India's top seeds Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma had crashed out after losing their respective first round matches on Wednesday.