Odense (Denmark), October 16: Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out of the Denmark Open with a stunning opening-round loss to American Beiwen Zhang in the women's singles event, here on Tuesday (October 16). In a later match, another Indian overcame an opening hurdle to seal her place in the next round. In a women's single encounter, Saina Nehwal played out an exciting win over Cheung Ngan Yi on Tuesday.
Third seed Sindhu lost 17-21, 21-16, 18-21 to Zhang in a hard-fought opening encounter that lasted 56 minutes. This is the third consecutive time that Sindhu has lost to Zhang. The American shuttler defeated Sindhu in the Indian Open final in February earlier this year.
Rio Olympics silver-medallist Sindhu is going through a difficult phase after winning the silver medal in the Jakarta Asian Games. She was knocked out in the second round of the Japan Open after a straight-game loss to Gao Fangjie.
The script played out similarly in the China Open, where the 23-year-old suffered a 11-21, 21-11, 15-21 loss to world no 6 Chen Yufei of China in the quarterfinals.
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On the other hand, compatriot Saina Nehwal fought back from a game down to clinch a thrilling win over Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi.
In an 81-minute contest, the World No. 11 Indian outshined Hong Kong shuttler Cheung 20-22, 21-17, 24-22 to enter the next round of the Denmark Open.