India’s badminton star PV Sindhu got knocked out of the All England Open 2023 on Wednesday. Sindhu faced a defeat in straight games versus China’s Zhang Yi Man while playing her opening contest in the round of 32. Zhang beat Sindhu 21-17, 21-11. Zhang now owns a 2-1 win-loss record over Sindhu and also has won one trophy in the 2023 Thailand Open women’s singles events.
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Sindhu started 2023 by exiting in the round of 32 at the Malaysian Open, beaten against Spain’s Carolina Marin. The Indian ace lost 12-21, 21-10, 15-21 against her long-time rival in Kuala Lumpur. Marin took a 10-5 record in terms of the H2H versus Sindhu. Marin has won each of her last four matches against Sindhu.
Sindhu and Zhang were 1-1 before Wednesday’s meeting. Sindhu won the maiden meetup in 2022 Malaysia by sealing a win in straight games (21-12, 21-10). Zhang beat Sindhu in the German Open next (21-14, 15-21), 21-14). Now it has become 2-1 in the favour of Zhang in terms of H2H against PV Sindhu after the elimination from the All England Open 2023.
After the Malaysia Open, Sindhu suffered a loss against Supanida Katethong of Thailand. Sindhu lost the round of 32 contest 14-21, 20-22. Katethong also overcame Sindhu in last year’s India Open semi-finals.
In August 2022, Sindhu missed the Badminton World Championships. She sustained a stress fracture on her left foot during the 2022 Commonwealth games. Despite the pain, Sindhu pushed herself to the gold medal in the women’s singles final, besting Canada’s Michelle Li (21-15, 21-13). The injury was so severe that ruled Sindhu out of the other competitions that year.