Denmark Open: PV Sindhu loses to Korean player, Sameer Verma also out

Odense. Two-time Olympic medalist shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out of the Denmark Open badminton tournament in the quarter-finals after losing to Korea’s Un Seung. She is making a comeback after the break but missed out on winning the title in her first tournament. Sindhu, playing her first match since winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in August, could not face her fifth-seeded opponent and was knocked out 11-21, 12-21 in 36 minutes.

The last time she lost to An Seung in straight games was when the two met two years ago. Siang started off brilliantly and took a seven-point lead within six minutes. Sindhu made many simple mistakes which the Korean player took advantage of. Siang again quickly took the lead to 16-8 and in the end Sindhu handed him the first game after losing 10 game points.

The story remained the same in the second game as well. Till the break, Sindhu tried to make a comeback but after that the game became one-sided. Sindhu on Thursday defeated Busanan Ongbomrangphan of Thailand 21-16, 12-21, 21-15 in 67 minutes. Earlier, India’s Sameer Verma had to leave the court after losing the first game 17-21 to Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the quarter-finals.

Sameer Verma entered the quarter-finals by defeating world number three Anders Antonsen in straight games. At the same time, Lakshya Sen also got out after losing. World number 28 Sameer presented a fine game to beat local player Antonsen 21-14, 21-18. This match of men’s singles lasted for 50 minutes.

Lakshya Sen, however, could not face Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen and lost easily. Axelsen defeated the Indian player 21-15, 21-7. Earlier, out of the six matches played between Sameer and Antonsen, the Indian had won only one match. Sameer, however, took a 2-0 lead early in the first game and was leading 11-6 at the break.

Even after this, the Indian player thwarted all the attempts of the Danish player to return. He won the first game by scoring three consecutive points. The second game was a bit tighter but Sameer took a two-point lead at 5-3 to lead 11-8 at half-time. After this he did not give Antonsen any chance to return.

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