So far, Malaysia Open has been cruel to many of the favorites in the tournament. And today, yet another favorite had to struggle to get through to the second round.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tang Shi

The Indian darling P.V. Sindhu has recently been training hard to be in shape for the upcoming tournaments. She was furthermore nowhere to be found during this year’s Uber Cup, as her focus has been to perform well over the summer.

However, already in the first round at the Malaysia Open Sindhu had her hands full earlier today in her match against Aya Ohori from Japan. Obviously, Sindhu didn’t display the performance we usually see, while the Japanese played well – and that combination led Sindhu into trouble.

Throughout the first set neither one of the two players were able to take the deciding lead. But after 25 minutes of play Sindhu could win the first set by 26-24.

In the second set the Japanese followed Sindhu until 14-14, before the Indian showed class by closing the set 21-15 and thereby winning the match. So, despite a tough start, Sindhu is now through to the second round and should be considered as one of the favorites to win the title in Malaysia

In the second round, Sindhu will face either Ying Ying Lee from Malaysia or Ying Li Chiang from Chinese Taipei. In the quarterfinal Sindhu will probably run into Carolina Marin from Spain.

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