PV Sindhu lost in the quarterfinal of the Indonesia Open against He Bing Jiao 21-14, 21-15, ending the run of India’s contingent in the Indonesia Open. Sindhu found herself struggling from the start in the match, not being able to match up to Jiao’s speed and agility. Her defeat came on the same day HS Prannoy lost to China’s Shi Yuqi 21-17, 21-18 to end his campaign in the tournament. It means that no Indian shuttler managed to reach the semifinals of the Indonesia Open, with Kidambi Srikanth getting knocked out in the first round, and Saina Nehwal losing in the Round of 16 on Friday.
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu celebrated her 23rd birthday with a straight-game win over Japan’s Aya Ohori to enter the quarterfinals on Thursday. World No 3 Sindhu, who had reached the semifinals at Malaysia Open last week, didn’t break much sweat as she defeated Ohori, ranked 17th, 21-17 21-14 in a 36-minute women’s singles match. It was Sindhu’s fifth win over the Japanese in as many meetings.