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Denmark Open 2019: India's challenge ends as PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth lose

Denmark Open 2019: Indias challenge ends as PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth lose
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Sarah Waris

Published: 18 Oct 2019 3:42 AM GMT

After Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the first round of the Denmark Open 2019, all hopes were pinned on PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma. The trio had won their respective first-round games to advance to the second stage, but all three were unable to pitch in with a clinical showing to bow out of the edition.

World Champion Sindhu yet again lost in the early stage as she went down in straight games to 17-year-old An Se Young of Korea in just over 40 minutes in the women's singles match in the BWF World Tour Super 750 competition. The fifth seed lost 14-21, 17-21 as she crashed in the early stages out an event for the third straight time. She had lost in the second round of the China Open and in the first round of the Korea Open recently.

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Young was in fine form, showing great precision throughout and prevented Sindhu from playing her natural game. She raced to a 6-1 lead early on, but the Indian scripted a spirited comeback and narrowed it down to 7-8. However, the Korean was relentless and won the next six points before she pocketed the first game. In the second game, Sindhu took an 8-4 lead but was unable to take advantage, allowing her rival to move ahead to a 9-8 and eventually lost 17-21.

Praneeth was outclassed by Kento Momota, the two time World Champion from Japan, 6-21, 14-21, while Sameer Verma, who advanced to the BWF World Series Tour Finals last year, went down to Olympic champion Chen Long from China 12-21, 10-21.

Thailand Open winners Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty, meanwhile, lost 16-21, 15-21 to the Chinese duo of Han Cheng Kai and Zhou Hao Dong in the men's doubles event.

Another disappointment awaited the Indians as the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Chopra and Sikki Reddy went down fighting 24-26, 21-12, 11-21 to the Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.

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