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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Badminton women’s singles: PV Sindhu out of medal race at Hangzhou Asiad


Indian shuttler PV Sindhu’s campaign for a medal has ended after she was defeated by China’s He Bingjiao 16-21, 12-21 in the quarterfinals of the women’s singles in Asian Games 2023 badminton here on Thursday.

Asmita Chaliha, the other Indian woman in Hangzhou, was knocked out in the round of 32, ending India’s quest for a medal in the badminton women’s events at this Asiad.

Before this match, Sindhu had beaten He Bingjiao in four of their last five matches including winning a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics against her.

But today, the Chinese shuttler was on top by taking an early lead at 9-5 with her magnificent net play, forcing Sindhu to commit errors on her backhand returns.

Sindhu picked up the tempo by garnering three points on the trot and bringing the scores at 16-18, but was too late as the Chinese shuttler sealed the first game 21-16.

In the second game, He Bingjiao raced ahead 5-1, but Sindhu drew level at 8-8. Just when it looked Sindhu would sneak ahead, the Chinese stepped up the gas and won 13 points to Indian player’s four to take the second game 21-12. It lasted 47 minutes.

PV Sindhu won a silver medal in the women’s singles at Jakarta 2018, which remains India’s joint-best result at the Asian Games. India are yet to pick up a badminton gold medal at the continental event.

Later in the day, world championship medallist HS Prannoy will be in action in the quarter-final against Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia, while star doubles duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty will also play.

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