Ace Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth faced another big blow in his international tour as this time he crashed out of ongoing Korea Open Super 500 tournament at a very early stage on Wednesday. Everything was going well for 27-year-old young badminton player at the beginning. But later after the first round of the opening battle Praneeth’s condition started deteriorating and he was left with no choice except retiring from the game.
Praneeth was playing the grand campaign opener against Anders Antonsen of Denmark. He had a jerky start against the strong opponent as he already lost his first set 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 injury. This resulted in Antonsen directly enters to the round of 16 without much fuss.
Earlier in the day, another star Indian shuttler 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. PV Sindhu made it to Korea Open 2019 after losing in the round of 16 at recently concluded China Open. She lost to Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand by 21-12 13-21 21-19 verdict in just 58 minutes of action.
One of the biggest badminton players in India, Praneeth entered the Korea Open tournament after losing in the quarter-finals stage of Chine Open 2019. In that tournament, Praneeth lost his game in 55 minutes of action against World No. 9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. Throughout the thrilling quarter-final encounter against Ginting, Praneeth kept his calm but at the end, the shuttler lost his rhythm and went down by 21-16, 6-21, 16-21 scoreline.
In India Open 2019, Praneeth faced another defeat as he lost to fellow Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth in the quarter-final round. The star Indian shuttler Srikanth took one hour and two minutes of action to topple the fellow player with the close margin of 21-23, 21-11, 21-19. The only time he got a chance to celebrate was at the time of World Championships in Basel where he won bronze for India.