India’s hopes of winning a medal at the ongoing China Open Badminton ended on Friday as the last man standing was taken down by World No. 9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the quarterfinals. Sai Praneeth, ranked 15th, lost the match 21-16 6-21 16-21 in 55 minutes. Sai had beaten Ginting only last month to win his maiden World Championships bronze at Basel. He realized India’s 36-year wait of an individual men’s singles medal at the worlds.
Other top shuttlers from India also lost in earlier rounds. Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, couldn’t do much in China Open. Meanwhile, all ace shuttlers from India are training hard with eyes on the Tokyo Olympics next year.
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