German Open 2022: PV Sindhu suffers a shock defeat in the 2nd round before the All England Championships

German Open: PV Sindhu, one of the contenders for next week’s All England Open, suffered a second-round loss to Chinese shuttle Zhang Yi Man in Thursday’s Super 300 tournament.

PV Sindhu lost in the 2nd round of the German Open on March 10 (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PV Sindhu lost at the German Open against the Chinese Zhang Yi Man
  • Sindhu has lost in 3 games in the Super 300 tournament
  • Sindhu will be one of the contenders for next week’s All England Championships

PV Sindhu suffered a surprise defeat in the 2nd round of the German Open Super 300 tournament, a week before the all-important All England Championships.

Seventh-seeded PV Sindhu lost to low-ranking Chinese Shuttle player Zhang Yi Man 14-21 21-15 14-21 in women’s singles, which spanned nearly an hour.

The Indian didn’t find momentum as Zhang broke away at 5-5 to take an 11-5 lead with six straight points. She stayed ahead to bag the opening game with little fuss.

Impressed by the turnaround, Sindhu made a comeback in game two as she held a narrow 11-10 lead at the break and then slowly marched forward to get back in the fray.

But the Chinese found her way in the deciding set as she pulled away after a first duel to secure an 11-8 lead at the break. After that she didn’t give the Indian much chance and soon closed the doors to her favorite opponent.

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