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Again An Early Blow For Sindhu As She Bows Out From China Open

Mumbai: One of the Indian renowned sports person P.V. Sindhu again suffered a shock of first-round match exit from the China Open against Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po in Fuzhou on Tuesday.

World No.6 PV Sindhu, who made early exits in Korea and Denmark, lost 13-21; 21-18: 19-21 to world No.42 Pai in a 74-minute women’s singles match in China Open.

However, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy gave the Indian camp reason to be cheerful with twin victories in the men’s and mixed doubles categories.

Thailand Open champions Satwik and Chirag Shetty, who had reached the French Open finals last month, defeated the American pair of Phillip Chew and Ryan Chew 21-9 21-15 to set up a second-round meeting with sixth seeds Japanese Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe.

Earlier, Satwik and Ashwini Ponnappa  ranked 30th, defeated Canada’s Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu 21-19 21-19 to make a positive start in the mixed doubles competition.

They will face fifth-seeded Korean pair of Seo Seung Jae and Chae Yujung next.

In men’s singles, HS Prannoy, who has recently recovered from dengue, was defeated in the opening round, losing 17-21 18-21 to Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke.

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