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The ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu faced another setback in her international tour. This time she went down against the World No. 42 Pai Yu Po of Taiwan in the opening round of prestigious tournament China Open 2019 on Monday. The 24-year-old experienced badminton star Sindhu who was looking for a great title win in this tournament toppled against Pai in just 74 minutes of action. The Taiwanese superstar cruised past the young Indian opponent with a great margin of 21-13, 21-18, 21-19 in the straight sets.

World Champion Sindhu looked very conscious right from the beginning of the game against Pai. On the other side, the Taiwanese opponent was playing fearlessly in the enthralling opener. Both the strong opponents went hard on each other but the experienced Taiwanese got a fortunate chance to score more. As a result, Pai easily won the first set against Sindhu. After this, it was no looking back for Pai in the interesting encounter and eventually she wrapped the show with a perfect three-set win.

However, Sindhu tried her best to make a comeback in the game but Pai constantly kept her at bay. Sindhu has now knocked out of the race of $700,000 tournament. Earlier in the grand event of Denmark Open 2019 also Sindhu lost to the Korean teen An Se Young by 14-21, 17-21 scoreline at Odense Sports Park in the second round. The Korean sensation gave a tough competition to Sindhu in the two-set game and handed a shocking defeat to the Indian veteran in just 40 minutes of action. Not only this she also had the early exit in Korea Open also.

Meanwhile, in men’s singles category, star Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy who recently made a spectacular comeback after recovering well from dengue also lost his opening battle to Rasmus Gemke of Denmark with the great margin of 17-21, 18-21 on Monday. Prannoy didn’t seem to look in his previous attacking form in the ongoing tournament. As a result, Gemke found it easy to attack against the Indian shuttler and he successfully ended the final set with a 21-18 verdict.