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China Open: Huge upset as PV Sindhu knocked out in second round

PV Sindhu faced an unlikely defeat in the second round of the China Open, as she was defeated by Thailand's 15th seed Pornpawee Chochuwong.

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Updated on: September 19, 2019 15:55 IST
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PV Sindhu faced an unlikely defeat in the second round of the China Open, as she was defeated by Thailand's 15th seed Pornpawee Chochuwong.

World Champion PV Sindhu faced a huge upset in the second round of the China Open, as they was defeated by Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-12, 13-21, 19-21. 

Sindhu, who came into the match with a 3-0 lead against Pornpawee, dominated the first game as she lead 7-1 early on but the Thai shuttler reduced the deficit to 10-11 at the break.

However, Sindhu reeled off eight straight points after the interval to jump to 19-10 and eventually sealed the first game comfortably.

In the second game, Pornpawee changed gears and moved to a 5-1 advantage initially. Sindhu clawed back to 7-9 before the Thai youngster jumped to 15-7 with six straight points and held her fort to roar back into the contest.

The decider started on an even note as the duo fought hard, moving together till 6-6 when Sindhu surged ahead to enjoy a 11-7 cushion at the break.

However, Pornpawee kept breathing down Sindhu's neck and slowly moved to 15-19. From there, the Thai shuttler blasted six points to leave the Indian shocked.

Among other Indians in fray, Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth will also be in action, while Ponnappa and N Siki Reddy will take on the second seeded Japanese duo of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in the second round of the women's doubles competition. 

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