Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal post contrasting wins to enter second round

Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the women's singles competition at the Hong Kong Super Series badminton tournament.

PTI November 23, 2016 21:49:02 IST
Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal post contrasting wins to enter second round

Kowloon: Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the women's singles competition at the Hong Kong Super Series badminton tournament with contrasting victories on Wednesday.

Saina, on a comeback trail, was the first to take the field and she recorded a hard-fought 12-21, 21-19, 21-17 win over Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the opening round at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina, who had lost to Porntip in the opening round at China Open after making a comeback following a three-month lay-off due to injury, avenged the defeat with her win on Wednesday over the World No 12 Thai shuttler.

Hong Kong Open PV Sindhu Saina Nehwal post contrasting wins to enter second round

File photo of PV Sindhu. AFP

The fifth seeded Indian, who is looking to seal her Dubai Super Series Final spot, will next take on Japan's Sayaka Sato who defeated Chiang Mei Hui of Chinese Taipei.

Sindhu, on the other hand, had an easy outing as she notched up a 21-13 21-16 win over Susanto Yulia Yosephin of Indonesia in 32 minutes.

The Rio Olympics silver medallist Indian hardly broke a sweat in the first game after the two rivals were locked 2-2 early on. Sindhu left his rival way behind after that as she easily took the first game.

The second game was a tight contest with the two opponents refusing to yield an inch to each other. After being levelled at 9-9, Sindhu zoomed ahead at 12-9 but her Indonesian rival fought back to tie the score at 16-16.

Sindhu was in no mood to allow her opponent to come back as she took the next five successive points to take the second game and wrap up the match.

In the second round, Sindhu will take on Hsu Ya Ching of Chinese Taipei, who upset seventh seed Sing Ji Hyun of Korea in the first round.

In men's singles, Swiss Open winner H S Prannoy defeated China's Qiao Bin 21-16 21-18, while national champion Sameer Verma edged past Japan's Takuma Ueda 22-20 21-18 in another first round match.

Ajay Jayaram then beat Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia 21-15 13-21 21-16 in a 56-minute contest to move into the second round. He will be up against Huang Yuxiang of China in the second round.

B Sai Praneeth, however, lost to third seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 18-21 18-21.

Men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who represented India at the Rio Olympics, also suffered a 15-21 8-21 loss to Korean combo of Solgyu Choi and KO Sung Hyun.

Updated Date:

also read

Sports Ministry says athletes, coaches involved in doping cases eligible for National Awards after serving ban
Sports

Sports Ministry says athletes, coaches involved in doping cases eligible for National Awards after serving ban

In a circular issued for this year's honours, which are expected to be announced in the next few days, the ministry said that athletes penalised for doping offences will be eligible at the end of their suspensions but any achievements during the period will not be considered for the awards.

Highlights, Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 5th T20I at Magheramason: Visitors win final match of series by 5 runs
First Cricket News

Highlights, Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 5th T20I at Magheramason: Visitors win final match of series by 5 runs

Check out LIVE cricket score from the fifth T20I between Ireland and Zimbabwe at Magheramason.

Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat says he learnt to stay calm under pressure from Sachin Tendulkar
Sports

Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat says he learnt to stay calm under pressure from Sachin Tendulkar

The 33-year-old Indian, who had contracted polio when he was four years old, showed great mental fortitude as he recovered from an eight-point deficit in the second game to come up trumps against his opponent.