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Japan Open: PV Sindhu suffers another first round defeat

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty make a good start to their campaign, extending their unbeaten run to 11 matches, following wins in Yeosu and Indonesia

PTI Tokyo Published 27.07.23, 09:38 AM
Chirag Shetty (left) and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy easily won their opener.

Chirag Shetty (left) and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy easily won their opener. File photo

Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu made yet another first-round exit but Lakshya Sen staved off a spirited challenge from fellow-Indian Priyanshu Rajawat to progress to the second round of the Japan Open Super 750 badminton tournament here on Wednesday.

Newly-crowned Korea Open champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also made a good start to their campaign, extending their unbeaten run to 11 matches, following the wins in Yeosu and Indonesia.

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Sindhu, who is going through a tough phase of her career, lost 12-21, 13-21 to Zhang Yi Man of China in her opener which lasted 32 minutes. It was her seventh first-round exit in 13 BWF World Tour events this year.

Canada Open champion Sen, returning to action after skipping the Korea event, survived a scare against compatriot Rajawat, prevailing 21-15, 12-21, 24-22 in a 65-minute battle. Sen will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the second round.

Sindhu, the 2019 world champion, has looked a pale shadow of her past self after her injury rehabilitation and has dropped to world No. 17 after a series of first round exits.

While Sindhu has been struggling, the doubles duo of Satwik and Chirag beat the Indonesian pair of Leo Rolly Carnando and Daniel Marthin 21-16, 11-21, 21-13 to advance.

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