17-year-old Korean sensation An Se-young knocked out reigning world champion PV Sindhu. She defeated Sindhu in a straight-game in the women’s singles 2nd round of the Denmark Open on Thursday.
The unseeded Korean player defeated Sindhu, seeded 5th. This is the 3rd time the Rio-Olympic silver medallist has failed to make it to the quarter-finals of the BWF World Tour. She, however, won the World Championship in August.
Sindhu endured surprise first and second round exits at the China Open and Korea Open last month, respectively. World number six Sindhu has not won a title in the BWF World Tour this season.
Meanwhile, in men’s singles pre-quarterfinals, Sai Praneeth also made 2nd round exit He lost 6-21, 14-21 to world No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan.
Earlier in the day, Sameer Verma lost to reigning Olympic champion Chen Long in men’s singles 2nd round. He lost 12-21, 10-21.
Star India shuttler Saina Nehwal is already out of the tournament in the 1st round itself. Saina lost to Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in straight games in their opening-round meeting in Odense on Wednesday.
It was Saina Nehwal’s 3rd successive 1st round exit and the 6th overall this season. The 2012 champion at Denmark Open struggled to get going against unseeded Sayaka Takahashi. She crashed out in just 37 minutes.
On the same day, Srikanth Kidambi also suffered a first-round defeat. Local player Anders Antonsen defeated him in straight games. Kidambi lost 14-21, 18-21 to the 4th seeded Danish player.
Srikanth was in competitive action for the 1st time since his 3rd-round exit at World Championships in August. He had pulled out of Korea Open and China Open due to a knee injury.