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

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will be in action in the first round of the India Open 2017 on Wednesday. Follow our live blog for regular scores and updates.

Shivam Damohe March 29, 2017 21:17:46 IST
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Highlights India Open 2017, badminton scores and updates: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth enter 2nd round

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Mar 29, 2017 - 20:56 (IST)

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! 

Mar 29, 2017 - 20:47 (IST)

Mar 29, 2017 - 20:29 (IST)

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

Mar 29, 2017 - 20:18 (IST)

And a few from PV Sindhu's clash

Mar 29, 2017 - 20:15 (IST)

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

Mar 29, 2017 - 20:08 (IST)

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.

 

Mar 29, 2017 - 20:04 (IST)

Mar 29, 2017 - 19:53 (IST)

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. 

Mar 29, 2017 - 19:49 (IST)

Massive boost for the former World no.3! 

Mar 29, 2017 - 19:47 (IST)

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. 

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.

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

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

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