After a large part of the Indian contingent exited the All England Championship on Day One, it was the turn of World No. 10, Sindhu late Wednesday.
Sindhu’s debut at the All England was spoilt by Sun Yu of China in a women’s singles match. Sindhu, who held a 2-1 record against Sun before the match, suffered a 16-21 15-21 loss in 47 minutes. Sindhu had a difficult time against Sun as she lagged behind 5-9 early on and though she clawed back at 12-12 and then at 15-15, the Chinese reeled off five points on the trot to win the opening game. In the second game too, Sun moved to a 11-7 lead and though Sindhu caught up at 12-13, the Chinese was successful in staving off her challenge.
Perfect for no.1
It was a near perfect day for Malaysia’s world number one Lee Chong Wei at the All England badminton championships on Wednesday as he cruised through the first round while his main rivals struggled. Lee, a silver medallist at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, played within himself to dispose of Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-15 21-17 and book his place in the second round.
While Lee was in cruise control, world number three Tommy Sugiarto was dumped out of the tournament by China’s Gao Huan. Gao took the first game 21-13 but Sugiarto smashed through the second 21-10. While many expected the Indonesian to go on to seal the win, it was Gao who took the decider 21-18. Another of Lee’s main rivals, Chen Long, also looked in danger of an early exit when he lost his first game 21-10 to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen.
Chen, who defeated Lee in last year’s final here, was trailing in the second game but fought back to win it 21-15, then completed the victory 21-12 in the deciding game.