Indonesia Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth make impressive starts to enter second round; B Sai Praneeth ousted

Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth made impressive starts to their campaign, progressing to the second round of the Indonesia Open with contrasting wins at the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament on Wednesday.

Press Trust of India July 17, 2019 14:35:25 IST
Indonesia Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth make impressive starts to enter second round; B Sai Praneeth ousted

Jakarta: Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth made impressive starts to their campaign, progressing to the second round of the Indonesia Open with contrasting wins at the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament on Wednesday.

Indonesia Open 2019 PV Sindhu Kidambi Srikanth make impressive starts to enter second round B Sai Praneeth ousted

PV Sindhu in action at the Singapore Open 2019. AFP

Rejuvenated after a month-long break from a hectic BWF schedule, Sindhu and Srikanth prevailed over Japanese shuttlers Aya Ohori and Kenta Nishimoto in women's and men's singles respectively.

Fifth seed Sindhu, who is looking for her first title of the season, staved off a challenge from Ohori with an 11-21, 21-15, 21-15 win, while eighth seed Srikanth, who had entered the finals at India Open this year, beat Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in 38 minutes.

While Sindhu extended her stranglehold over Ohori with seventh straight victory, it was Srikanth's fifth win over Nishimoto, who had defeated the Indian only once in their six meetings.

While World No 5 Sindhu will face either Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt or Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin next, World No 9 Srikanth meets the winner of the clash between France's Brice Leverdez and Hong Kong's Ng Ka Long Angus.

B Sai Praneeth, who had reached the Swiss Open final this year, bowed out of the competition after losing 15-21, 21-13, 10-21 to Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent, an opponent against whom he had a 2-2 head-to-head count before the match.

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