Australian open: PV Sindhu knocked out in quarterfinals as star shuttler’s struggles continue

PV Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist, was eliminated from the Australia Open on Friday after losing in straight games to USA’s world number 12 Beiwen Zhang, the world’s No. 12 player.

Sindhu, who has dropped to 17th in the world after a series of early exits, was attempting to reach her fourth semifinal of the season but was unable to get past Zhang, losing 12-21 17-21 in 39 minutes in the USD 420,000 super 500 tournament.

Sindhu had won 6 of their previous ten games, but she failed to get going on Friday against the 33-year-old Chinese-born American Zhang, who demonstrated better control to come up trumps.

Sindhu had defeated countrymen Ashmita Chaliha and Aakarshi Kashyap in the first two rounds, but her defeat to Zhang would be a major letdown as she prepares for the World Championships, which will be played in Copenhagen, Denmark from August 21 to 27.

After recovering from an injury, Sindhu, the 2019 world champion, has had a tough year, losing as many as 7 of the 12 BWF World Tour tournaments this year.

Sindhu had parted ways with Park Tae-Sang of Korea earlier this year and then briefly worked with SAI coach Vidhi Chaudhary. She is presently training under her new coach, 2003 All England champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim.

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