Friday, February 23

French Open 2023: P.V. Sindhu withdraws with a knee injury in the round of 16, ending the Indian challenge after Satwik-Chirag’s defeat

PV Sndhu, French Open
P.V. Sindhu, French Open

P.V. Sindhu was forced to withdraw mid-match owing to a knee ailment, and defending champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also lost in the round of 16 in Rennes, putting an end to India’s challenge at the French Open, which is a stop on the BWF World Tour Super 750.

P.V Sindhu, ranked 10th in the world, defeated Supanida Katethong of Thailand 21-18 to win the first game of the match. However, the two-time Olympic medalist extended herself much too much when the score was at 1-1 in the second game, which led to the damage that she sustained in her knee.

Sindhu used the magic spray, and then she sought the assistance of the tournament doctor. She consulted her coach Hafiz Hashim twice before opting to forfeit the match to Katethong, who then went on to advance to the semifinals of the competition. She was shown a yellow card for her actions.

In the first round, P.V. Sindhu scored a victory over Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia, who was the seventh seed. Sindhu won the match 12-21, 21-18, and 21-15.

In the later part of the day, the World No. 1 and Asian Games gold medalists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were defeated in their second-round match by Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in three sets. The scores were 23-25, 21-19, and 19-21.

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