After PV Sindhu’s exit from Korea Open, Saina Nehwal has now exited from the tournament as well after facing defeat in the first round. Saina Nehwal retired hurt from her match against local favorite Kim Ga Eun. Earlier in the day, world champion PV Sindhu was knocked out by American Beiwen Zhang in the opening round. Sindhu couldn't find a way past Beiwen Zhang and lost the match 21-7, 22-24, 15-21.
Saina Nehwal had won the opening game 21-19 but lost the second 18-21 against the South Korean, who was ahead 8-1 in the final game. Nehwal had a 2-0 head-to-head record against Kim before this match. Saina Nehwal was trailing 21-19, 18-21, 1-8 in the match when she retired hurt. Parupalli Kashyap, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are the only Indians left in the tournament now after Sourabh Verma's first-round match against Hong Kong's Wing Ki Vincent Wong got cancelled.
All indians have ended up their campaign in #koreaopensuper500 except @parupallik . A bad day for all indians.. hope for the best— Keshav sharma (@Keshavs79181484) September 25, 2019
The sun will definately shine for the indians and they will come with flying colours..
Kashyap eased into the second round after beating Lu Chia Hung of Taiwan 21-16, 21-16 while Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy lost their men's doubles opening match against Huang Kai Xiang and Liu Cheng 16-21, 21-19, 18-21. The fans showed support while some of them weren’t happy with these results.
Never mind losing in first round. I am sure you will bounce back. India loves you Saina. #SainaNehwal— Prashant (@Prashan66651456) September 18, 2019
Gosh - so sorry to hear that @NSaina had to retire injured from her match against KIM. She joins Akane on the treatment table.— womensbadminton 🏸🏸❤️ (@womensbadminton) September 25, 2019
Best wishes to both for speedy recovery #KoreaOpenSuper500 #comebackstronger
ICYMI my Saina piece https://t.co/L8YnvKMGjB