India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu capitulated 21-18, 21-7 against her nemesis Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in the second round of the Malaysia Open 2019 at Kuala Lumpur. The Indian did not seem to have any answer to the Korean’s onslaught and lost the match in straight games. World No.6 Sindhu was looking completely out of sorts and failed to judge the baseline on many occasions. She was also struggling to cover the court.
The match had its fair share of see-saw fortunes with Sindhu leading 7-4 after early few exchanges in the first game and led 11-9 at the break. Thereafter, the Korean changed the gears and went on a 5-point spree which helped her gain the numerical advantage to win the game comfortably 21-18.
The second game started with the Korean taking the early advantage with a 5 point spree which made it a lop-sided affair eventually as the Indian was not able to bridge the gap at all. More so because she conceded 10 straight points after the mid-game break and ended the game at 7-21.
The meek surrender was akin to her All England championship loss against the same opponent earlier in the year.
In another Round 2 match, India’s mixed doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra frittered away the early advantage and lost out Malaysian pair of Kian Meng Tan and Pel jing Lai 21-15, 17-21, 13-21.
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