Clearly, it was a bad day for Indian shuttlers at Australian Open 2019 as star female badminton player PV Sindhu lost her second round match of Australian Open World Tour Super 300 tournament against Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand on Thursday. The 28-year-old Thai professional shocked the Indian player by 19-21, 18-21 in just 50 minutes of the game.
Earlier in April, Sindhu was knocked out from the semi-final round of Singapore Open 2019 against second-seeded Nozomi Okuhara of Japan by 7-21, 11-21. Though, Sindhu who won four out of six matches against the 24-year-old Okuhara, faced a major defeat this time against the Japanese as she seemed to be completely out of sorts in the game while in-form Okhura showed great performance in the game.
Apart from Sindhu, sixth-seeded Sameer Verma in men’s singles also crashed out of the tournament after facing painful defeat by Wang Tzu Wei of Taiwan along with the margin of 16-21, 21-7, 13-21 in the second round of men’ singles.
On the other hand disciple of Pullela Gopichand, renowned Indian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth also ended his second round of Australian Open 2019 on losing side as he was edged past by Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia with the margin of 23-25, 9-21 in a hard-fought game. Earlier, in the quarter finals of India Open 2019, Parneeth lost his game against the fellow shuttler Kidambi Srikanth as the Indian star Srikanth toppled over the 26-year-old young player by 21-23, 21-11, 21-19 in one hour and two minutes of action. Though it was not easy for Srikanth to defeat the fellow contestant as Parneeth took the 5-2 in the first game but unfortunately wasn’t able to continue his dominance over the amazing shuttler.
Meanwhile, the power-pack duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also faced a setback in the doubles round against Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China as the Chinese players thrashed the Indians by 19-21, 18-21 in the second round.
This losing streak was followed by another Indian duo later in the Australian Open tournament as mixed doubles Indian pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has also crashed out of the game against Wang Chi-Lin and Cheng Chi Ya of Chinese Taipei with the margin of 17-21, 21-12, 16-21.