Indian qualifiers lose in Korea Open

New Delhi: Indian shuttlers had a disappointing start to their campaign in the Korea Super Series with all the three qualifiers suffering contrasting defeats in Seoul on Tuesday.

Anand Pawar notched up a win against Singapore`s Zi Liang Derek Wong but succumbed to a defeat in the second qualification round to Sung Min Park of Korea to crash out of the tournament.

Pawar beat Wong 21-19, 21-14 in 36 minutes, before losing 18-21, 24-22, 18-21 to Park in the men`s singles competition.

Rising shuttler PV Sindhu also had started the day on a positive note, beating Indonesian Maria Febe Kusumastuti 21-19, 21-18 but the 16-year-old Indian could not get past Hye Youn Hwang of Korea and went down 19-21, 14-21.

After the high of reaching the finals of the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, Sourabh Varma touched a low today when he lost a grim battle against Daren Liew of Malaysia in three-games in another men`s singles match.

Sourabh squandered a first game lead to lose 21-15, 14-21, 18-21 to Daren in 52 minutes.


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