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All England Badminton Championship Day 1: Saina, Kidambi Shine, Sindhu Loses

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India suffered an early setback at the ongoing All England Championships Day 1 after World Champion shuttler PV Sindhu was knocked out of the on Wednesday by Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea in the women’s singles opening round on Wednesday.

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Sindhu, who was fifth-seeded in the competition, had a tough match. Despite saving as many as eight match points in the second and third game, she lost 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 to Sung Ji.

2015 All England Badminton Championship finalist Saina Nehwal made a promising start to the competition by winning the first round against Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour in easy sets of 21-17, 21-18. The win marked Nehwal’s seventh successive victory over the Scottish shuttler. She will now face Line Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in the second round.

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India No.1 Kidambi Srikanth also started convincingly, defeating Brice Leverdez in straight sets of 21-13, 21-11. Srikanth was in his rhythm in the BWF World Tour Super 1000 opener against Leverdez. The former world number one was rarely troubled by the conditions or the opponent itself, fittingly displaying his preparation for the competition. Kidambi will now play against the against Indonesia’s Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie.

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Elsewhere, the 2017 Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth managed to defeat fellow compatriot HS Prannoy 21-19, 21-19 in men’s singles to move to the next round.

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In the women’s doubles, the Indian pair Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram lost 21-18, 12-21, 12-21 to the Russian pair Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Daveltova.

A Major Upset

Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu was expected to clinch the match against Sung Ji, having a superior head-to-head record. However, the loss against the former World No.2 will be counted as one of the most significant upsets of the competition.
In the initial stage of the match, PV Sindhu gave a great start with score 8-6 against Sung Ji. In the 81 minutes, Sindhu went down to the Korean and struggled to clinch a point.

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However, Sindhu could win the second and third game in the last moments but unfortunately made mistakes during the match.

Second Set
In the second game, the Indian shuttler managed to secure a three-point lead at 17-20 to take the match to the decider but still suffered her fourth first-round loss at the USD 1 million events.

With the change of sides, Sung Ji grabbed an 11-8 advantage over Sindhu at the break. After the break, Sindhu took the score to 13-13 but could not dominate her rival for much time. Sung again took a lead with 18-14.

Sindhu, however, managed to make the point gapless with score 17-18 but Sung again clinched three back to back points after that. Sindhu tried to give a hard time to her opponent but her rival managed to give a game point.

Third Set

In the decider, both the shuttlers gave their best but the Korean had a two-point advantage at the interval. The Korean kept pushing forward, moving to a 15-9 lead at one stage. Later Sindhu committed a few errors that led to her downfall and her rival took an 18-10 lead.

The Korean player secured seven match points with a superb return near the net. Sindhu did save five of them but it just wasn’t enough. The winner of the match will now face Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in the second round.

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Nandini Sharma
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