Sindhu's downfall ends India's challenge at Badminton Asia Championships

Delia Watkins
April 30, 2017

PV Sindhu's run at the Badminton Asia Championships came to an end after a hard-fought loss to He Bingjiao of China in the quarterfinals on Friday. However, after a brilliant first game win, Sindhu lost the second game 21-14.

Earlier in the day, Ajay Jayaram crashed out in the second round of men's event, losing 19-21, 10-21 to Chinese Taipei's Hsu Jen Hao.

Eighth-seeded Bingjiao defeated Sindhu 15-21, 21-24, 24-22 in a thrilling last eight contest that lasted for 77 minutes at the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium.

The 21-year-old will start as favourite to reach the semi-final, but she can not afford to take Bingjiao lightly as the young Chinese shuttler, who knows Sindhu's game quite well, will be looking to make amends for a bad start to the new season.

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The young Chinese, ranked seventh, has been struggling all season and has not even reached a quarter-final in the three Superseries tournaments that she has played in 2017.

The third and decisive game was an exciting affair. Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal's poor run of form continued as she slumped to a 21-19, 16-21, 18-21 defeat at the hands of Japan's Sayaka Sato in the opening round that lasted little over an hour. But now with this loss the Indian contingent's challenge is over.

In the mixed doubles category, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy went down to top seeds Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 15-21, 21-14, 16-21 in 50 minutes.

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