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Indonesia Open 2024: P.V. Sindhu bows out in first round, Tanisha-Ashwini advance to round 2

Published at :June 5, 2024 at 11:08 PM
Modified at :June 5, 2024 at 11:08 PM
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Ansh Garg

P.V. Sindhu loses to World No. 26 Wen Chi-hsu from Chinese Taipei.

Two-time Olympic medalist P.V. Sindhu suffered a defeat against Wen Chi-hsu of Chinese Taipei, ranked 26th in the world, at the Indonesia Open 2024. Despite a valiant effort, Sindhu couldn’t secure victory in the intense match that stretched for 70 minutes. The final score favoured Wen Chi-hsu, with a scoreline of 21-15, 15-21, 21-14.

In the first game, Sindhu faced a significant deficit of 11-3 at the interval. Trailing 8-17, Sindhu played aggressively and showed signs of a comeback by scoring six consecutive points, bringing the score to 14-17. However, the Chinese Taipei player closed out the first game 21-15.

Sindhu held the advantage at the interval, leading 11-10 in the second game. After the interval, she played extraordinarily and extended her lead to 19-14, eventually winning the second game 21-15.

In the third game, Sindhu gained an early 9-6 lead. However, her advantage did not last long as Wen Chi-hsu fought back, leading 11-10 at the interval. Although the Indian seemed to be in control at 12-11, the Chinese Taipei player played exceptionally and gained a match-point opportunity at 20-13. Sindhu eventually lost the game 21-14.

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In women’s doubles, Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Crystal Lai and Jackie Dent from Canada in straight games, 21-15, 21-15. Ashwini and Tanisha will now face the World No. 2 pair from Korea, Lee So-hee and Baek Ha-na, in the second round.

Rutaparna Panda and Swetaparna Panda lost to the No. 6 seeds from Korea, Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong, in straight games, 21-12, 21-9.

In women’s singles, Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand, who is ranked 13th in the world, defeated World No. 41 Aakarshi Kashyap 21-18, 21-6. In the first game. The Indian gave neck-to-neck competition to the Thai player. However, trailing 18-16, Intanon took five straight points to claim the first game. From there on, she gave Aakarshi no opportunity to make a comeback and won the second game comfortably with a score of 21-6.

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