PV Sindhu Crashes Out of BWF World Championships in Round 2
India’s top women’s singles shuttler and two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu crashed out of the BWF World Championships 2023 in round 2 after suffering a shock defeat to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. Sindhu, the 16th seed, squared off against the former world number 1 on Court 2 in Copenhagen as she bowed out after losing in straight sets 21-14, 21-14.
Astonishingly, the Indian shuttler held a lead of 9-0 in the second game before she allowed her Japanese counterpart to make a splendid comeback. Okuhara showed great grit and determination to fight back from 9-0 down to 11-9 at the break in the second game, but the errors continued to follow for Sindhu who lost six points in a row to trail 14-10.
From then, it was 18-14 and then the writing was on the wall for Sindhu as she exited the tournament in the round of 32. The contest lasted for 44 minutes, and the 15th-ranked Indian shuttler in BWF rankings could barely put up a fight.
Lakshya Sen Advances to Pre-Quarterfinals
On a positive note for India, Sindhu’s compatriot Lakshya Sen advanced into the pre-quarterfinals by beating Korea’s Jeon Hyeok Jin.
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