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Olympic medallist PV Sindhu bows out French Open Super Series

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Olympic medallist PV Sindhu bows out French Open Super Series

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy advanced to the second round with straight-game wins but it was curtains for Ajay Jayaram in the$300,000 French Open Super Series badminton tournament on Wednesday.

The two-time World Championship bronze medallist Indian will next take on the victor of the match between China's He Bingjiao and Denmark's Mette Poulsen. In men's singles, Pranay lost to Taipei's Chow Tien Chen 19-21,16-21 in a hard fought tie.

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World No.8 Sindhu failed to replicate her recent good performances and eventually went down 20-22, 17-21 against HE Bingjiao of China in the second-round women's singles contest that lasted 41 minutes.

In the second game, Chou was more dominant as he opened up a 9-4 lead and even though the Indian caught up at 14-14, Chou zoomed ahead without much ado to win the match. The Indian was able to maintain a slender lead at 18-15 over the world No 8, but capitulated under pressure after being level at 19-19. She also wasted a game point at 20-18 and lost the extended opener as her opponent captured four points in a row. Prannoy was very disappointed after losing a close match against Chou.

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