Indian star shuttler PV Sindhu, who has returned to the Badminton court after a lengthy injury layoff, was left out of the Malaysia Open 2023 tennis series after losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the round of 32 in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old Sindhu lost 12-21, 21-10, 15-21 to her longtime rival from Spain. The Spanish midfielder started the match on the right foot after putting pressure on Sindhu in the first set. Marin took the first set 21-12. But the 27-year-old Indian rallied in the second set, winning it 21-10 after a controlled display. Both players put in some fast-paced action, with many seeing an improvement in Sindhu’s backhands.
In the final set, Marin got off to a great start, taking the first points and putting Sindhu under pressure. The Indian opened the set putting the score 7-9. However, Marin picked up the pace, scoring some quick points and bringing the score to 18-12. Sindhu tried to get back into the match but lost the final set 21-15. The Spaniard had won the last three times against the Hyderabad-born shuttle prior to this match and now leads 10-5.
Before the Malaysian Open 2023, Sindhu had last won a gold medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in August. However, due to a hamstring injury, Sindhu sat out all remaining tournaments in 2022. Like Sindhu, Marin has also struggled with injuries over the past year. The Spaniard was sidelined by a knee injury that required surgery, forcing her to sit out the Tokyo Olympics. The world number 9 won the European Championship again in April last year.
In other matches in the Malaysia Open 2023, India’s Prannoy HS and Stawik-Chirag duo progressed into the pre-quarters. While Malvika Bansod and Ashwini-Shikha duo lost their match. At the same time, the Satwik-Chirag duo defeated South Korean duo Choi-Kim 21-16, 21-13, while Prannoy HS defeated Lakshya Sen 22-24, 21-12, 21-18.