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Korea Open 2023: Sindhu exits; Rajawat enters second round

India’s P. V. Sindhu lost to Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei in the second round of the Korea Open Super 500 badminton tournament on Wednesday.

Sindhu lost 18-21, 21-10, 13-21 to the Taiwanese player in 58 minutes.

Priyanshu Rajawat progressed to the second round with a straight-game win over local player Choi Ji Hoon.

World number 32 Rajawat, the Orleans Masters winner, saw off Choi 21-15, 21-19, in 42 minutes to set up a clash with top seed Kodai Naraoka of Japan.

Kiran George, however, failed to cross the opening hurdle, going down to Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei 17-21, 9-21 in another men’s singles match.

READ | Sindhu slips to world no. 17, lowest ranking in over a decade

B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, however, suffered a 21-23, 21-13, 12-21 loss against the Korean pair of Song Hyun Cho and Lee Jung Hyun in their mixed doubles opening round.

The BWF World Tour is divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, four Super 1000, six Super 750, seven Super 500, and 11 Super 300.

One other category of the tournament, the BWF Tour Super 100 level, also offers ranking points.

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