- Tag results for PV Sindhu
Last year's runner-up and current world number three needed a mid-match pep talk from her coaches before beating Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol 21-15, 13-21, 21-17.
Gopichand was speaking after launching the 'Mumbai Games', which the organisers have claimed to be the world's first ever city-level franchise-based multi-sport, multi-age sports extravaganza.
Several other celebrities have been invited for the event but they have not yet confirmed their attendance, he added.
The Rio Olympic silver medallist gone down 17-21, 21-17, 15-21 against her Chinese opponent in 70 minutes.
He has played the sport professionally in over seven countries, and has won multiple championships.
We don’t even get to play for leagues because that culture does not exist here.
Third seed Sindhu looked a pale shadow of herself as she lost 13-21 16-21 in 40 minutes against seventh seed He Bingjiao of China on Friday night.
The agony of first round exit at Denmark Open still in her mind, Sindhu, however, started slowly as Zhang took a marginal lead.
Third seed Sindhu lost 17-21 21-16 18-21 to Zhang in another tough opening encounter that lasted 56 minutes.
While Sindhu has been seeded third in the event, world no. 11 Saina is unseeded here. Sindhu will take on USA's Beiwen Zhang in the opening round of the women's singles.
In the deciding game, PV Sindhu opened with a lead of two points but could not maintain the same as her opponent, later, roared back and clinched the game 15-21.
Third seed Sindhu bounced back after losing a close first game to record a 21-23 21-13 21-18 win in her second round women's singles match against Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
Sindhu was beaten by China's Gao Fangjie in the women's singles second round, her first preliminary exit in almost a year.
The victory did not come easy for PV Sindhu as she battled hard right from the opening game to earn points.
In pursuit of excellence in the sporting arena and creating a niche for itself, India never had it so good in the continental showpiece that is considered next only to the Olympic Games.