PV Sindhu, who reached the semi-finals of last year’s All England Open, bowed out to South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun in the first round itself. The Olympic silver medallist managed to save nine match points but eventually succumbed to the World No.2, 21-16, 20-22, 21-18.
Neither of the players was able to take a surmountable lead in the opening set but, Sung Ji Hyun took a three-point 11-8 cushion heading into the break. PV Sindhu showed grit and resilience to make it 13-all. However, after the scoreline reached 16-all, the South Korean won five straight points to win the first set.
PV Sindhu took a narrow 6-4 lead in the second set but Sung won six straight points to make it 6-10. It was deja vu again as the South Korean headed into the break with a 11-8 lead and Sindhu managing to level the score at 13-all. However, this time it was PV Sindhu who won five points in succession. The South Korean had four match points at 20-16 but Sindhu roared her way to clinch the second set 22-20.
Both the players had read their opponents’ gameplay and the score was tied till 9-9 in the third set. However, fatigue and poor judgment from PV Sindhu ensured Sung Ji Hyun won six points in succession. The South Korean kept her composure to take the scoreline to 20-13 but PV Sindhu won four straight points to make it 20-18. Just when it seemed she would script another terrific comeback tale, Sung Ji Hyun smashed her way to glory to win the third set.