India’s Olympic silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu said her performance wasn’t upto the mark when she lost to local favourite Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles category of the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries on Thursday.

“Was Not upto the mark against Nozomi yesterday ….too many errors from my side….it’s time to take some rest now n get back to training …next up Denmark open. #comebackstronger,” Sindhu said on Instagram.


Facing the Japanese shuttler third time in a row, Sindhu failed to repeat what she did to win Korea Open on Sunday.

Okuhara defeated the 22-year-old Indian in straight games 18-21, 8-21 in a swift 47-minute clash.

Starting the game confidently, the Hyderabadi girl was leading 11-9 in start but then lost her focus to go down 18-16 to Okuhara.

Sindhu went further out of line in the second game to bow out early.

PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara — last three consecutive meets:

  • Japan Open: Okuhara won 18-21, 8-21
  • Korea Open: Sindhu won 22-20, 11-21, 21-18
  • World Badminton Championships: Okuhara won 19-21, 22-20, 20-22