-Seventh seed Sindhu lost 14-21 18-21 to Bing Jiao in the women's singles
Seventh seed Sindhu lost 14-21 18-21 to Bing Jiao in the women's singles. Sindhu, a former world champion, has won two Super 300 titles -- the Syed Modi International and the Swiss Open -- this season.
Two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu made a shock first round exit from the Indonesia Open Super 1000 event after suffering a straight-game defeat against China's He Bing Jiao, here on Tuesday. Seventh seed Sindhu lost 14-21 18-21 to Bing Jiao in the women's singles. Sindhu, a former world champion, has won two Super 300 titles -- the Syed Modi International and the Swiss Open -- this season. By virtue of this win, world No. 9 Bing Jiao, whom Sindhu had defeated at the Badminton Asia Championship, lead the Indian 10-8 on head-to-head record.
The defeat at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno has affected Sindhu's preparations for the next month's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Also bowing out was B Sai Praneeth, who lost 16-21 19-21 to Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark in the men's singles.
The mixed doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto faced similar fate, crashing out in the opening round after losing 14-21 11-21 to Hong Kong combination of Chang Tak Ching and NG Wing Yung Hong in just 32 minutes.
In the Sindhu vs Bing Jiao match, the Indian was slow off the blocks as the Chinese didn't let her get a grip, racing to a 9-2 lead and then extended it to 11-4 at the break.
Sindhu began playing aggressively after the break and pocketed four straight points to reduce the deficit to 8-11. But the Chinese didn't allow Sindhu to dominate the affair and easily bagged the first game.
Trailing, Sindhu was expected to come out all guns blazing in the second game but it was Bing Jiao, who took an early 5-1 lead.
Although the Chinese enjoyed a slight upper hand throughout the second game, Sindhu kept it close. But eventually Bing Jiao sealed the match in her favour.
-Jules Kounde To Undergo Groin Operation, Sevilla Confirm
Jules Kounde To Undergo Groin Operation, Sevilla ConfirmJules Kounde has been linked with a move away from Sevilla this summer, with Chelsea and Barcelona among the clubs reportedly interested in signing the 23-year-old, who has a release clause of 80 million euros.
Sevilla defender Jules Kounde will undergo surgery on his left groin on Tuesday, although the club are optimistic the Frenchman will be available for the start of next season. The Frenchman will have the operation in Bordeaux "as scheduled for several weeks" after the problem "dragged on for much of last season", Sevilla said in a statement. "Jules Kounde will undergo surgery this Tuesday in Bordeaux for minor discomfort in the left groin," the statement read.
"In principle, if everything goes according to plan, the French international will be available to start the 2022/23 season."
Kounde has been linked with a move away from Sevilla this summer, with Chelsea and Barcelona among the clubs reportedly interested in signing the 23-year-old, who has a release clause of 80 million euros.
He played the first 45 minutes of France's 1-0 defeat by Croatia in the Nations League on Monday.
-Floyd Mayweather To Face MMA Fighter In Japan Exhibition
Floyd Mayweather will fight Japanese mixed martial arts star Mikuru Asakura in a September exhibition in Japan, organisers said Tuesday.
Newly enshrined Hall of Fame boxer Floyd Mayweather will fight Japanese mixed martial arts star Mikuru Asakura in a September exhibition in Japan, organisers said Tuesday. The former welterweight world champion, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday after retiring with an unbeaten 50-0 record, beat "Dangerous" Don Moore in an exhibition in Abu Dhabi last month. The date, venue and rules of his fight against 29-year-old featherweight Asakura will be announced later this month.
It will be the 45-year-old Mayweather's fourth exhibition and his second in Japan, after beating kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa by TKO in just two minutes in December 2018, in a bout that was widely ridiculed.
Mayweather called himself the "pioneer of exhibitions" and promised to "put on a show" for fans when he returns in September.
"We're going to treat him nice, we're going to let him go three rounds, we're going to let him try to land his shot," Mayweather said of his opponent.
"I may not let him land one punch, it's all up to me, it's all on what I want to do," the American added, describing himself as "the puppet-master".
Mayweather said his "legacy is already set in stone" after entering the Hall of Fame.
He retired from professional boxing in 2017 after beating UFC star Conor McGregor.
"It's great to go into the Hall of Fame and the great thing about it is I did everything on my terms," he said.
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"You look at so many champions and they can barely walk, they can barely talk. That's not cool. The name of the game is to hit and not get hit."
Asakura said he intends to "use this opportunity to raise my name and my value internationally".
-AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers: India Eye Top Spot, History Against Hong Kong
The Blue Tigers are on the cusp of qualifying for back-to-back editions of the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in their history
India men's football have a lot to achieve as they take on Hong Kong in the final match of the third round of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday. The Blue Tigers are on the cusp of qualifying for back-to-back editions of the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in their history and need just a point against Hong Kong to secure their berth in the AFC Asian Cup finals.
However, Igor Stimac's side who have won both their encounters so far would be looking for a clean sweep when they take on Hong Kong who as things stand top of Group D on goal difference.
India would settle for nothing less than three points which would guarantee them the top spot in the group, a pre-tournament target given their superior FIFA ranking.
With the fans expected to make it a spectacle against at the Salt Lake stadium, there is even more motivation for the Indian team to end on a happy note in Kolkata and celebrate the AFC Asian Cup qualification with the fans.
Sunil Chhetri who has already scored three goals in the third round of the qualifiers will look for his 84th international goal that will tie him with Hungarian goalscoring legend Ferenc Puskas in the chart for the all-time leading international goalscorers.
The Blue Tigers will be feeling a lot better about themselves after winning the first two group matches of the third round of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers and will look to make it three wins out of three in Kolkata
Hong Kong who come into the game in an identical form as the hosts would love to get one over their higher-ranked rivals and defy the FIFA charts to finish the group in the top spot. Hong Kong have been in excellent form in the first two matches and would feel confident of getting a result in the next match.
In the last fifteen international meetings, India have won seven while Hong Kong managed to win four, and the rest have ended in a draw.
However, India have lost its last two meetings against Hong Kong, losing 1-2 in 2009 and 0-1 in 2010.