World Championship bronze medallist and ranked No. 12, India's PV Sindhu was handed a surprise second round defeat by Japanese qualifier Akane Yamaguchi in the USD 200,000 Japan Open Super Series badminton event on Thursday. (PV Sindhu drops out of top-10 in world rankings)
The eighth-seed Sindhu lost 6-21 17-21 to the little-known local player in a 32-minute long women's singles match at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Sindhu had yesterday beaten another Japanese qualifier Yukino Nakai 21-12, 21-13 in just 29 minutes.
Interestingly, top-seeded Li Xuerui of China, who was in Sindhu's side of the women's singles draw, is out of the championships too. Olympic champion Xuerui gave a first-round walkover to Japanese Aya Ohori. This meant that Sindhu could have had an easy route to the semi-finals.