PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth Keep Indian Flag Flying In Rio Olympics
In one of the biggest upsets for the Indian Olympic contingent, medal hope Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Rio Games after suffering an upset straight-game loss against lower-ranked Maria Ulitina of Ukraine in her second Group G match on Sunday.
The London Olympics bronze medallist and World No. 5 who had inflammation on her right knee, lost 18-21, 19-21 to World No. 61 Maria in a match that lasted 39 minutes at the pavillion 4 Riocentre.
The Indian star, a former world no. 1, had won the opening match against Brazil's Vicente Lohaynny on August 11.
In Group M women’s singles, PV Sindhu, however, managed to eke out a 19-21 21-15 21-17 win over Glasgow Commonwealth Games champion Li Michelle in a gruelling 72-minute match on Monday.
In men’s singles, Kadambi Srikanth, a former World No 3, defeated Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen 21-6 21-18 in the second match of group H that lasted 34 minutes here to enter the knockout stage.
The 21-year-old Sindhu played a lot of drops at the backhand of Li but the Canada shuttler was up for it.
After a tough fight, Sindhu managed a slender 11-10 lead at the break in the opening game.
After the breather, the duo continued to fight for each point before a onrushing Li pushed the shuttle at the backcourt of Sindhu to pocket the first game.
The second game was no different as both the shuttler fought tooth and nail before Sindhu entered the break at 11-8.