The London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal ruled out from Korea Open 2019 after playing just two rounds in campaign opener on Wednesday. Former World No.1 Indian Shuttler who is facing consecutive defeats in this year crashed out from Korea Open Super 500 tournament also after injuring herself midway.
Saina began her opening battle against local star Kim Ga Eun on a winning note as she won the first set by 21-19 scoreline. Though in the next set, Kim bounced back strongly and leveled the score by winning the second round with a close margin of 18-21. Right after the third game started Saina lost her momentum and got injured against the Korean. As a result, Kim easily took the lead in the game and paved her way towards the next encounter. Nehwal quitted the tournament immediately and undergo a medical assessment.
Nehwal paved her way to the Korea Open 2019 after losing in the very first round of China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament 2019. She went down by 10-21, 17-21 to World No. 8 Busanan. The Thailand star took just 44 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium to outplay the Indian last week. Ever since Saina came back from her stomach injury, things didn’t go well for her in badminton as she lost all of her past events back to back.
Notably, Saina is not the only Indian who bowed out of Korea Open 2019 due to injury as earlier in a day Sai Praneeth also ruled out of the tournament at a very early stage in men’s singles. The 27-year-old young badminton player suffered a serious injury during the first round of the tournament. He was playing the grand campaign opener against Anders Antonsen of Denmark. After having a jerky start, Praneeth lost the first set to a strong opponent by 9-21 margin. Nothing was going according to his plan and in the second game when he was trailing with 7-11 scoreline he decided to walk off the court due to serious health conditions.
Apart from Saina Nehwal and Sai Parneeth, another Indian superstar PV Sindhu also bowed out of the prestigious tournament. This happened when Sindhu lost her opening encounter against Beiwen Zhang of US with a close margin of 21-7, 24-22, 21-15 at Incheon.