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China Open: PV Sindhu loss to Pornpawee Chochuwong in second round

Sports News, International, (Changzhou), September 19:-PV Sindhu lost to Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand of the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament here on Thursday.

Sindhu lost Chochuwong 21-12 13-21 21-19 in just 58 minutes.

Sindhu, who came into the match with a 3-0 lead against Pornpawee, dominated the first game as she lead 7-1 early on but the Thai shuttler reduced the deficit to 10-11 at the break.

However, Sindhu reeled off eight straight points after the interval to jump to 19-10 and eventually sealed the first game comfortably.

In the second game, Pornpawee changed gears and moved to a 5-1 advantage initially. Sindhu clawed back to 7-9 before the Thai youngster jumped to 15-7 with six straight points and held her fort to roar back into the contest.

The decider started on an even note as the duo fought hard, moving together till 6-6 when Sindhu surged ahead to enjoy 11-7 cushion at the break.

However, Pornpawee kept breathing down Sindhu’s neck and slowly moved to 15-19. From there, the Thai shuttler blasted six points to leave the Indian shocked.

Earlier, the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out after suffering a straight-game loss to Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda on Thursday.

Satwik and Chirag, ranked 15th in the world, could not maintain their decent start against their fourth-seeded opponents and went down 19-21, 8-21 in the second-round match that lasted 33 minutes at the Olympic Sports Centre Xincheng Gymnasium.

This is the second instance this year, after the Japan Open loss in July, that Satvik and Chirag emerged out on the losing side against the combination of Kamura and Sonoda.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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