Highlights India Open 2017, badminton scores and updates: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth enter 2nd round

Highlights India Open 2017, badminton scores and updates: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth enter 2nd round
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    That's all from the first round of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open but make sure to come back as we will be providing the live scores and updates of your favourite shuttlers from the second round of this Superseries event in New Delhi. Hope you guys enjoyed the coverage. Till then, take care! 

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    Matches to watch out for in the second round:

    Women's singles

    Pornpawee Chochuwong vs Saina Nehwal

    Zhang Yiman vs Ratchanok Intanon

    Saena Kawakami vs PV Sindhu

    Carolina Marin vs Rituparna Das

    Men's singles:

    Chou Tien Chen vs B Sai Praneeth

    Sameer Verma vs Hu Yun

    Kidambi Srikanth vs Viktor Axelsen

    Sourabh Verma vs NG Ka Long Angus

    Women's doubles:

    Puttita Supajirakul, Sapsiree Taerattanachai vs Ashwini Ponnappa, Sikki Reddy

    Mixed doubles:

    Evgenij Dremin, Evgenia Dimova vs Pranaav Jerry Chopra, Sikki Reddy

    Yang Lee Hsu Ya Ching vs Chris Adcock, Gabrielle Adcock

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    And a few from PV Sindhu's clash

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    Some of the moments from Saina Nehwal's win in the first round! 

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    Kidambi Srikanth wins in straight games; enters second round: 21-19, 21-16

    We saw a different Kidambi today as he mastered the court with exuberance against Junpeng who relied mostly on his defence to bag points. With that win, Kidambi now faces third seed Viktor Axelsen in the pre-quarters of the India Open.

     

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    Kidambi Srikanth vs Zhao Junpeng

    Kidambi has started the second game confidently as he leads 7-2 and looks pumped up to finish this tie early. 

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    Massive boost for the former World no.3! 

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    Srikanth Kidambi vs Zhao Junpeng

    17-17! It is even stevens in the first game as both the shuttlers have displayed a great overall gameplay. The movement of Kidambi has been the highlight so far. 

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    Carolina Marin and Sung Ji Hyun enter second round

    Spanish ace Marin floored Kim Hyo 21-17, 21-10 whereas the second seed Sung Ji thrashed Krishna Priya 21-11, 21-13 in the first round of the women's singles event. Marin approached the game in a more attacking manner where she dominated the baseline of the court and Sung Ji, on the other hand had a balanced game. 

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    Carolina Marin and Sung Ji Hyun enter second round

    Spanish ace Marin floored Kim Hyo 21-17, 21-10 whereas the second seed Sung Ji thrashed Krishna Priya 21-11, 21-13 in the first round of the women's singles event. Marin approached the game in a more attacking manner where she dominated the baseline of the court and as for Sung Ji, she had a balanced game. 

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    Carolina Marin vs Kim Hyo Min

    Top seed Marin has taken the game on her own, leading by 16-5 in the second game. Reminder: Marin won the first game 21-17

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    Sri Krishna Priya vs Sung Ji Hyun

    After winning the first game 21-11, second seed Sung Ji Hyun leads 12-9 in the second. Krishna Priya needs to attack more and try to hit towards the tramline to create problems for the Korean ace

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    Ajay Jayaram knocked out by Viktor Axelsen: 21-23, 17-21

    Not a good day for Jayaram as he squanders his lead in the both the games and loses the tie. Axelsen's hand-eye combination and net plays did the damage as he restricting Jayaram from hitting jump smashes and crosscourt shots.

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    Ajay Jayaram vs Viktor Axelsen

    Jayaram 11-11 Axelsen! Everytime Jayaram gets in control, he fails to maintain the momentum and Axelsen is not the one to have mercy on his opponents. 

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    Carolina Marin vs Kim Hyo Min

    In-form Marin has started off well and took no time to settle. Don't miss out on this one!

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    Sourabh Verma sails into second round: 21-13, 21-16

    Sourabh played some fascinating forehand strokes to unsettle HS Prannoy's movement and win the tie in straight games. Notably, his net-flicks were also accurate as Prannoy was left out of position in the second game.

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    Ajay Jayaram vs Viktor Axelsen

    Jayaram is giving a tough challenge to Axelsen as he leads 11-9 at the break of the first game. Interestingly, Jayaram also leads 2-1 in the head-to-head meetings against the Danish ace

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    Pranaav Jerry Chopra Sikki Reddy defeat Hafiz Faizal, Shela Devi: 21-15, 21-19 

    Pranaav and Sikki have clinched the second round spot after an emphatic win in the first round of the mixed doubles event. The duo showed glimpses of their on-court awareness and shot selection which was too much for their opponents.

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    ONE CRACKER OF A GAME! 

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    Mixed doubles: Pranaav Jerry Chopra, Sikki Reddy vs Hafiz Faizal, Shela Devi 

    Pranaav and Sikki claim the first game 21-15 and look set to clinch the second. The duo didn't have a good All England campaign but a win in India Open would be career-defining

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    Sourabh Verma wins first game; Ajay Jayaram, Viktor Axelsen face off

    In the men's singles event, Sourabh Verma claims the first game 21-13 against HS Prannoy whereas Ajay Jayaram faces third seed Viktor Axelsen in the first round. 

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    PV Sindhu beats Arundhati Pantawane; seals second round spot: 21-17, 21-6

    After a shaky start in the first game, PV Sindhu upped the ante to get the better of compatriot Pantawane in straight games and enter the second round. As mentioned earlier, Sindhu relied on her quick feet and drop shots to break Pantawane's confidence. She looks ready for the challenge at this Superseries event 

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    PV Sindhu vs Arundhati Pantawane

    It's 18-6 to Sindhu as she is just three points away from booking her place in the second round of India Open. Yet again, her unmatchable work rate has done the trick and has not allowed Pantawane to come back in the match

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    UNPLAYABLE! 

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    PV Sindhu vs Arundhati Pantawane

    PV Sindhu is running away with the lead in the second game with her quick movements near the net and superb court coverage. Pantawane is finding it difficult to lob the shuttle from the forecourt.

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    PV Sindhu vs Arundhati Pantawane

    Two Indian shuttlers square off in the first round of the women's singles event. Both Sindhu and Pantawane meet for the first time in a competitive match. All eyes will be on Sindhu as the third seed is yet to put her hands on the India Open

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    Saina Nehwal eases past Lee Chia Hsin: 21-10, 21-17

    A fantastic overall performance by the Indian ace as she trounces Lee to cement her place in the second round. She looked confident throughout the match and her forecourt play was on point which more or less made the difference. Lee was bothered most of the times by Saina's low crosscourt punches as it made her stretch too much. For Saina, this win will boost her confidence and we may have a chance to witness the Saina-Sindhu showdown! 

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    Saina Nehwal  vs Lee Chia Hsin

    Outstanding footwork by Saina Nehwal as she successfully blocks Lee Chia's drives. She leads 17-12 now

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    Saina Nehwal vs Lee Chia Hsin

    7-7! The second game looks even more competitive as both the shuttlers have started attacking freely, however, Saina tends to cover the baseline which can be useful for her to take control of her shots

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    Saina Nehwal gets the first game: 21-10

    Two-time India Open winner Saina Nehwal eases past Lee Chia Hsin with a barrage of jump smashes and quick net-plays which proved too much for her opponent. It looks like Saina is on her way to full fitness and it won't take long for her to start delivering her best show anytime soon

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    Rituparna Das enters second round; defeats Chiang Mei Hui: 19-21, 21-15, 21-19
     

    Rituparna came back from a game down to win it in the third and final game as she books her place in the second round of the Superseries event 

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    Saina Nehwal looks in great touch as she leads 7-5 against Lee Chia in the first game. Her positioning has been great so far

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    Saina Nehwal vs Lee Chia Hsin

    Saina Nehwal enters the fray to face Chinese Taipei's Lee Chia Hsin in the first round of the women's singles. 

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    Takuro Hoki, Yugo Kobayashi beat Manu Attri, B Sumeeth Reddy : 21-19

    Manu Attri and B Summeth Reddy squandered their chance of making a comeback after losing in straight games. Seems like the duo lacks some coordination as they gave away points cheaply towards the end.  

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    Rituparna Das vs Chiang Mei Hui

    After losing the first game, Indian women's singles shuttler Rituparna Das is running away with the lead in the second 15-5 against Chinese Taipei's Chiang Mei Hui. 

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    Takuro Hoki Yugo Kobayashi claim first game: 21-19

    The Japanese duo took advantage of errors by Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy to put a step ahead in this first round clash

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    Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy vs Takuro Hoki Yugo Kobayashi

    Both pairs are giving a tough fight at the moment with scores tied on 12 each. This is a huge opportunity for the Indian duo to regain their lost form in the Superseries event.

Preview: Olympic medallists Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will be the cynosure of all eyes when the seventh India Super Series badminton tournament gets underway after the qualifiers on Wednesday.

London bronze-medallist Saina will be one of the favourites at the Indian Super Series, an event she won two years ago to achieve the world No 1 ranking.

File photo of PV Sindhu. AP

File photo of PV Sindhu. AP

"Delhi has always been special to me. I won the Commonwealth Games gold here and then won the Indian Open in 2015 and became the world No.1. So everything has been special for me. It is great to play in front of home crowd," said the current world No 8, who has been on a comeback trail after recovering from a knee injury.

"The competition has become tougher. But I have been playing well, even at All England, the match that I lost was 50-50. So all I can say is I will give my best and hope to do well," she added.

Rio Olympics silver-medallist Sindhu, who has been in rampaging form ever since her Olympic high, will also look to continue her good run at the Sri Fort Sports complex.

"I am looking forward to the event. It will be an exciting week, the competition is tough and I will give my best," the world No 5 said.

Saina and Sindhu had crashed out of the All England Championship after losing in the quarter-finals and the duo would be eyeing better results this week. They are likely to bump into each other in the quarter-finals on Friday if they manage to topple their opponents in the first two rounds.

Sindhu will open her campaign against a qualifier after her opponent -- Singapore's Xiaoyu Liang -- withdrew, while Saina will take on Chinese Taipei's Chia Hsin Lee in the opening round. Sindhu, seeded third, is likely to face Japan's Saena Kawakami in the second round, while Saina will probably take on Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong, an opponent she had beaten in the finals of the Malaysia Masters in January.

The two have met just once in an international competition -- at the 2014 Syed Modi International -- where Saina had won in straight games. Saina and Sindhu were on collision course for a place in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open last year before the senior pro suffered a loss. They had played against each other in the Premier Badminton League with Sindhu having an upper-hand this year.

With inputs from PTI


Published Date: Mar 29, 2017 09:17 pm | Updated Date: Mar 29, 2017 09:18 pm


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