PV Sindhu goes down to An Se Young in All England Championships second round | Badminton News


New Delhi: PV Sindhu Lost in straight games to their old rival Ann Se Young Korea in second round of women's singles at All England badminton Championship on Thursday.
Despite Sindhu's commendable effort and her status as a double Olympic medallist, she struggled to stop the dominance of the world No. 1 Korean, ultimately losing 19-21, 11-21 in a 42-minute encounter. Had to do.
It was the Indian player's seventh consecutive defeat to the indomitable An Se Young, who last year became the first Korean women's singles player to win the World Championships.
The Korean player has won in Malaysia and France this season, while Sindhu is on the comeback trail after recovering from a left knee injury.
The Indian tried to attack but her 22-year-old opponent looked to be in a different league as she varied the tempo of the rallies and used her strokes well to gain the lead.
For Sindhu, things went wrong after the break in the second game as the mistakes kept piling up.
Sindhu was leading 4-1 but Ann Se Young started understanding the game better and slowed down the rallies. She kept sending tosses and clears, waiting for Sindhu's errors, who always sent the shuttle wide and long.
Soon the Korean player was ahead 9-6. She made two unforced errors before charging to the net to take one away and when Sindhu faltered at the net the score became 11-8 in favor of Young.
Sindhu continued her attack using backhand push and cross smash. However, the Korean remained strong in her defense and reached 13-10 and then 15-11 with another accurate smash.
Sindhu tried to attack the net and aim for her opponent's body but Young's instincts helped her survive twice as she sent the shuttle away.
Sindhu came back from 13-17 to 16-17. But Young broke again to take two points before sealing four game points with a forehand drop.
Sindhu lofted a ball over the net and then hit a powerful smash on her opponent's forehand to stay alive. The Korean player slipped during the rally and Sindhu made the score 19-20.
However, at the right time, An Se Young sent a backhand over the backline over Sindhu's head to win the opening game.
The second game started well before Ann Se Young took a three-point lead. While Sindhu struggled to get the winner, Young kept changing the pace and sent it all back.
Another cross court smash put the Korean at 9-4. She took the lead to five points at the interval with another incredible cross court net shot.
Frustration was mounting for Sindhu as she wasted a video referral by a wide margin after going long and the next two fell into the net even as the Korean led 15-9.
Another backhand and forehand return went into the net and the score became 10-18.
Two more unforced errors from the Indian helped Ann Se Young earn nine match points. She sealed the match with another beautiful return to the front court.
(With inputs from PTI)

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