PV Sindhu suffered a straight game loss against China’s Chen Yufei to crash out of the Denmark Open in the opening round. She failed to break the rhythm of World no 10 to go lose 17-21, 21-23 in a 43-minute match.

This is her second successive early loss as after clinching the Korea Open. She had lost in the second round of Japan Open last month. Sindhu conceded a 3-0 lead early on but she managed to erase the deficit when she drew parity at 9-9 and moved together till 17-17. It was at this moment when Chen stepped up and grabbed four crucial points to earn four straight points to pocket the first game.

In the second game, Chen once again surged to a 7-3 lead and Sindhu, in trademark fashion, clawed back with four straight points. At the break, it was the Chinese who had a slender one-point lead.

After the interval, Chen extended the lead to 15-11. Sindhu managed to reduce it to 16-17. However, she struggled to retrieve some low shots and Chen had four match points.

Sindhu, then saved off four match points to make it 20-20 but eventually Chen closed out the match at 23-21 to avenge her World Championships loss to the Indian.