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Pornpawee stuns world champ Sindhu in China Open

Sep 20. 2019
 Pornpawee Chochuwong (Badminton Photo)
Pornpawee Chochuwong (Badminton Photo)
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By The Nation

Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong caused a major upset, stunning badminton world champion PV Sindhu of India on Thursday at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament in Changzhou.

Chochuwong beat the fifth-seeded Indian shuttler 12-21 21-13 21-19 in 58 minutes in the second round.

Sindhu, who had beaten Pornpawee in their previous three encounters, dominated the first game, surging ahead 7-1, but the Thai fought back and cut the lead to 10-11 at the break.

However, Sindhu won eight straight points after the interval to lead 19-10 before wrapping up the first game comfortably at 21-12.

Pornpawee, however, came back strongly in the second game, taking a 15-7 lead with six straight points and won the game 21-13.

The decider saw a close fight, with both players tied at 6-6 before Sindhu broke ahead to lead 11-7.

However, Pornpawee fought on and stunned the Indian by winning six points on the trot from 15-19 to win 21-19.

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