Prime News, International and National, Badminton, Fuzhou (China), November 5:- World Champion P V Sindhu suffered a shock defeat to lower-ranked Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei in the opening round to be ousted from the USD 700,000 China Open here on Tuesday.
World No 6 Sindhu, who made early exits in China, Korea and Denmark, lost 13-21 21-18 19-21 to world No 42 Pai in a 74-minute women’s singles match here.
However, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, ranked 30th, beat Canada’s Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu 21-19 21-19 to make a positive start in the mixed doubles competition.
In men’s singles, HS Prannoy, who has recently recovered from dengue, faltered in the opening round, losing 17-21 18-21 to Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)