Korea Open: Sindhu, Srikanth crash out in opener

Yeosu (South Korea): Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth made an early exit from Korea Open, a Super 500 badminton tournament, after suffering losses in their respective opening-round matches here.

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu lost 18-21, 21-10, 13-21 to Pai Yu Po of Chinese in the women’s singles in her first official match under new coach Muhammad Hafiz Hashim.

This was Sindhu’s sixth opening-round ouster in 12 BWF World Tour tournament appearances this season.

In other women’s singles matches, Malvika Bansod lost 17-21, 7-21 to world no 4 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Ashmita Chaliha, meanwhile, succumbed 13-21, 12-21 to the reigning Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei of China.

Aakarshi Kashyap suffered a 12-21, 17-21 loss at the hands of Chinese shuttler Zhang Yi Man while Tasnim Mir fell 11-21, 18-21 to local player Kim Ga Yun. Tanya Hemnath lost 11-21, 17-21 to Japan’s Saena Kawakami.

In the men’s singles, former world no 1 Srikanth went down 21-12, 22-24, 17-21 to Japan’s Kento Momota in a grueling three-setter. His compatriot HS Prannoy got the better of Belgian Julien Carraggi 21-13, 21-17 to sail into the second round, where he will be up against Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong.

 

PV Sindhu drops to world No. 17

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, who has struggled for form this season, dropped down to world No. 17 in the latest women’s singles BWF rankings.

This is Sindhu’s lowest ranking in over a decade. The last time she was ranked 17th in the women’s singles category was in January, 2013. The 28-year old shuttler was world No. 12 in the standings last week.

Sindhu, who achieved a career-best ranking of world No. 2 back in April 2017, started the 2023 season as the world No. 7 women’s singles player but has slipped down the list after enduring a poor run of form in the few months.

Since making her comeback after a long injury lay-off following the gold medal win at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, the ace Indian has struggled to find consistency this season. Sindhu returned to action at the Malaysian Open and Indian Open this year and suffered first-round exits from both tournaments.

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