And another entertaining day of badminton comes to an end as nine Indian shuttlers qualified for the pre-quarter-finals of the Australian Open. It was a tough day for the likes of HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram, and Siril Verma, who ended their campaign. Good news is that Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will be in action tomorrow as we will be back to provide you live scores and updates throughout the day. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Till then, take care!
Highlights Australia Superseries, badminton scores and results: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth move into pre-quarters
Catch all the live scores and updates from the first round of Crown Group Australia Superseries as big names like Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap will be in action.
Chen Xiaoxin enters pre-quarters: 21-17, 12-21, 21-12
The 19-year-old Chinese shuttler edged past India's Ruthvika Shivani Gadde in three games to cement her pre-quarters spot. Ruthvika replied with an easy second game win but floundered in the decider.
Match point for Ruthvika!
And she clinches the second game: 21-12
What a turnaround for Ruthvika to level the score and force the match into the deciding game. A lot of matches went the wire this morning. Let's see what happens with this one!
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Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty beat Law Him and Lee Reginald: 22-20, 21-19, 21-11
After losing the first game by a narrow margin, Satwik and Chirag handled the pressure with maturity to see off their opponents in three games. One of the reasons why the duo does so well in foreign tournaments is their ability to fight back in pressure situations.
Nozomi Okuhara stuns Carolina Marin: 21-12, 21-19
Forget dominant, it was an absolute world-class performance from the Japanese Okuhara. Her smart movements and deceptive shots proved too much for the reigning Olympic champion. With that loss, Marin has now faced defeats in the first round of two consecutive Superseries tournaments within a space of 7 DAYS!
Commonwealth Games champion shuttler Parupalli Kashyap set up a clash with World No 1 Korean Son Wan Ho in the main draw of the Australian Superseries on Wednesday after coming through qualifiers with two wins on the trot.
Kashyap, who is trying to comeback after losing a lot of time due to a series of injuries, saw off China's Zhao Junpeng 21-15, 21-18 in the opening round before disposing Indonesia Superseries Premier runners-up Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21-5, 21-16 in the second men's singles match.
In the main draw, Indonesia Open champion Kidambi Srikanth will face Kan Chao Yu in the opening round after the shuttler from Chinese Taipei defeated Australia's Jacob Schueler 21-15 21-8 and Chinese Taipei's Chun-Wei Chen 21-15, 23-21.
HS Prannoy, who defeated Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei and Rio gold medallist Chen Long in Indonesia Open last week, got a direct entry into the main draw and he will take on England's Rajiv Ouseph.
Young Siril Verma also made it to the main draw after brushing aside Indonesia's Yehezkiel Fritz Mainaky 21-9 21-9 and then defeating compatriot Shreyansh Jaiswal 21-16, 21-15.
In women's singles qualifying round, Ruthvika Shivani Gadde beat Australia's Sylvina Kurniawan 21-15, 21-15 and then dumped another local player Ruwindi Serasinghe 21-9, 21-7 to make it to the main draw.
Shivani will face China's Chen Xiaoxin in her first round.
Top Indian shuttlers such as Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Sai Praneeth will start their campaign on Wednesday.
With inputs from PTI
The soft-spoken Indian ace was not known for her aggression till five years back and it was chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, who had transformed her into an aggressive player ahead of the Rio Games.
The world number seven Indian will next play Hong Kong's world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.
Sindhu is one of the favourites for the gold, especially in the absence of defending champion Carolina Marin, who missed the Games due to an injury.