French Open Superseries: Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy through to second round with contrasting victories
Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth made it through the opening day unscathed to enter the second round of the $325,000 French Open Super Series on Wednesday.
Paris: Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth made it through the opening day unscathed to enter the second round of the $325,000 French Open Super Series on Wednesday.
Glasgow World Championship bronze medallist Saina staved off a spirited challenge from Denmark's rising shuttler Line Hjmark Kjaersfeldt 21-14 11-21 21-10 and is likely to clash with Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in a revenge match.
Fifth seeded Yamaguchi had ended Saina's good run at the Denmark Open last week and the Indian will be eager to avenge the defeat against the Danish Open finalist.
Earlier, US Open champion Prannoy, who had reached the quarterfinals at Odense, sent packing Denmark Open finalist Korea's 37-year-old veteran Lee Hyun Il 21-15 21-17, while Praneeth made amends for his opening round exit last week with a 21-13 21-23 21-19 win over Thailand's Khosit Phetpradab.
Praneeth will face qualifier Kenta Nishimoto in his next match. The Japanese extended the woes of three-time Olympic silver medallist and current World No 7 Lee Chong Wei by knocking out the Malaysian 21-14 21-15 in the opening round.
Prannoy, who has beaten the former World No 1 Malaysian twice this season, will square off against Denmark's Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus next.
Women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy made quick work of England's Jenny Moore and Victoria Williams 21-12 21-12 to also make a positive start to the tournament.
However, it turned out to be a frustrating day for Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap as his gallant fight ended with a narrow 23-21 18-21 17-21 loss to Indonesia's rising star Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who had won the Korea Open this season.
Doubles combo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy's dismal run continued with another first-round exit after they lost 11-21 13-21 to Russian pair of Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov.
Yesterday, mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy suffered a 15-21 12-21 loss to fourth seeded Indonesians Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir.
Up against an experienced opponent, whom he had lost to twice in very close games, Prannoy gave ample display of his new found prowess as he tore through the opening game, without giving any chance to Lee.
In the second game, Prannoy lead 8-5 and even though Lee held a slender 11-10 lead at the break, the Indian jumped ahead to 13-11.
Lee clawed back with two points before Prannoy moved ahead to comfortably seal the issue.
Praneeth, on the other hand, had to go through the grind as his unheralded opponent sprang a surprise to take the second game after the Indian had pocketed the first game having broken off at 7-7.
In the second game, Praneeth blew a 15-6 lead as 35th ranked Khosil managed to force the match into the decider.
Praneeth held a 11-8 lead in the third game, only to see it vapourise as Khosil turned the tables, reaching 19-16. But the Indian regained her poise and reeled off five points to seal the deciding game.
IPL 2021: Defending champions Mumbai Indians add Roosh Kalaria to squad in place of injured Mohsin Khan
The 28-year-old Kalaria had travelled to Abu Dhabi with the Mumbai Indians squad as a backup player, and now has earned his first IPL contract
Talks of a unification 'superfight', which went on for months, appeared to be on the brink of ending in an agreement earlier this year only for a United States arbitrator to rule Fury had to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time.
IPL 2021: South African pacer Anrich Nortje hoping to replicate previous season's performance for Delhi Capitals
Nortje, who picked 22 wickets in 16 matches in his first-ever IPL season in 2020, played an instrumental role in helping DC reach their maiden IPL final, where it came second-best against Mumbai Indians last year.