PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have both been knocked out of the All England Open Badminton Championship in Birmingham, England, ending the Indian challenge at the tournament.
Saina Nehwal lost her match to Sung Ji Hyun of Korea and PV Sindhu failed to beat Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Both the players were knocked out in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
Sindhu faced World No.1 Ying but could not put up much of a contest at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. The Olympic silver medalist was erratic in her game and lost the contest 14-21, 10-21 in just 34 minutes.
Saina Nehwal put up a much better fight in her quarterfinal contest, toiling hard in both the games, before eventually losing 20-22, 20-22 in her match against Ji Hyun. It was a big heartbreak for Saina Nehwal, who is still looking for a maiden All England victory, losing her quarterfinal match in 53 minutes.
It was a disappointing end to the Indian challenge at the All England Open Badminton Championship, the most prestigious badminton tournament in the world. Before the tournament, there were high expectations that either PV Sindhu or Saina Nehwal would emulate the previous success of Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand in winning the tournament. Unfortunately, with their quarter-final exits, it was not meant to be India’s year at the tournament in 2017.