India’s hopes in All England Open Championship come to an end as shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal lose in quarter-finals and get eliminated from the tournament. Nehwal lost to Sung Ji Hyun by a whisker as it was anybody’s game until the very end. The final scores read 20-22, 20-22, making it a heart-breaking loss for Nehwal who came back well after getting knocked out of Rio Olympics 2016 early on.
On the other hand, Sindhu lost to Chinese shuttler Tai Tzu Ying by 14-21 and 10-21 in the quarters. It was an ordinary performance from Sindhu as she got outclassed by Zing, the quarter-final clash wrapped up in a matter of 34 minutes. It was not expected from Sindhu as she stormed into the quarter-final stages by beating Japanese shuttler within half-an-hour in Round 2.
Sindhu recently made her mark in the Syed Modi International Championships in January 2017. Before Sindhu, it was Saina Nehwal who made it big for India in Badminton. She too is a part of the championship and made a terrific comeback after her Olympic upset. She got the better of Japan’s Defending Champion Nozomi Okuhara by 21-15 and 21-14. She improved her tally of wins registered against the Japanese shuttler, the current score between the two in International Championship is 6-1.
Sindhu had entered this tournament as one of the favourites after a remarkable display in Rio Olympics 2016 Badminton Singles final. She became an immediate sensation after bagging silver medal in Olympics and becoming the first Indian women to do so. She lost the final by a whisker, losing out on a gold medal in the finals of Rio Olympics 2016.