PV Sindhu crashed out of the All England Open after dropping to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in quarter-finals in Birmingham on Friday. The sixth-seeded Indian Olympic silver medallist misplaced 21-12, 15-21, 13-21 in a recreation that lasted one hour and eight minutes. Sindhu started the match on a robust notice and clinched the primary recreation fairly convincingly. However, Okuhara, ranked 4th in BWF rankings, turned issues round from the second recreation onwards and compelled Sindhu into committing umpteen unforced errors, resulting in her downfall.
On Thursday, rising shuttler Lakshya Sen was knocked out of event after dropping in straight video games to Victor Axelsen within the males’s singles. Lakshay went all the way down to the world quantity seven 17-21 18-21 in a tough fought second spherical battle which lasted 45 minutes. The 18-year previous Indian, who gained 5 titles final season, had defeated Hong Kong’s Cheuk Yiu Lee 17-21 21-8 21-17 within the opening spherical.
On Wednesday night time, star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal’s probabilities of qualifying for the Olympics took a success after she made a first-round exit, following a loss to Japanese nemesis Akane Yamaguchi.
Up towards world quantity three Yamaguchi, it was a troublesome opening spherical for Saina, who misplaced 11-21 8-21 in simply 28 minutes.
Saina is positioned 20th on the BWF rankings with 46267 factors and the 2012 London Olympics bronze-medallist must enter the top-16 bracket by April 28 to make the reduce for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
She now wants sturdy performances to pocket essential rating factors however contemplating that a number of sporting occasions are being cancelled in view of the lethal novel coronavirus outbreak, it stays to be seen what number of she really will get to play.
The 29-year-old is scheduled to compete on the Swiss Open (March 17-22), India Open (March 24-29) and Malaysia Open (March 31-April 5) within the following weeks. It was Saina’s ninth defeat in 11 matches towards the formidable Japanese and her third first-round exit this season.