India’s campaign at the Indonesia Masters 2020 came to an end on Thursday after PV Sindhu was knocked out in the second round after she went down to Sayaka Takahashi 21-16, 16-21, 19-21 in a match that lasted for over 50 minutes. This was Sindhu’s second consecutive early exit in the season as the World Champion had earlier crashed out in the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Masters. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: What India, China Discussed During 16-Hour Long Military-Level Talks | Read Here
World number six Sindhu had a 4-2 head to head record against the 14th ranked Japanese before Thursday’s match. Japan’s Takahashi had defeated another top Indian, Saina Nehwal, in the second round. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India-China Hold 10th Round of Military Talks For Further Disengagement | What to Expect
In the men’s department, all fell to home opposition players on Wednesday. Sameer Verma managed to take his match against Tommy Sugiarto into a tie-breaker but ended up losing 19-21, 21-16, 13-21. Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost 20-22, 15-21 to Mohammad Afsan and Hendra Setiawan. Parupalli Kashyap was beaten 14-21, 12-21 by Anthony Ginting, while HS Prannoy lost 17-21, 14-21 to Jonathan Christie in the last match of the day. Also Read - After Acknowledging Casualties, China Releases Galwan Clash Video
Star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth went down to local favourite Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-18, 12-21, 14-21 in a match lasting one hour and three minutes. It was Srikanth’s second consecutive opening round defeat this season as he had also made a first-round exit from the Malaysia Masters last week.
Meanwhile, Sourabh Verma lost to Chinese shuttler Lu Guangzu in the opening round as well. Verma won the first game 21-17, but lost 15-21, 10-21 in the next two to crash out of the tournament.