Singapore Superseries: PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth advance to second round; Sameer Verma, Sourabh bow out
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu staved off a stiff challenge from 2016 All England champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to make a positive start to her campaign at the Singapore Open on Wednesday.
Singapore: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu staved off a stiff challenge from 2016 All England champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to make a positive start to her campaign at the Singapore Open on Wednesday.
Sindhu, who had clinched her maiden India Open Super Series title earlier this month, fought back from a game down to eke out a 10-21 21-15 22-20 win in the opening round of a women's singles match that lasted an hour and two minutes.
The fifth seeded Indian will face Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani next.
Runners-up at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January, B Sai Praneeth also dished out a gritty performance to prevail 17-21 21-7 21-19 over Denmark's Emil Holst.
The Indian will clash with China's Qiao Bin on Thursday.
The new pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also showed their prowess in a fighting 21-19 21-19 win over Malaysian combo of Yin Loo Lim and Yap Cheng Wen in women's doubles competition.
However, it was curtains for Verma brothers – Sourabh and Sameer – as well as for Rituparna Das in singles events.
While National Champion Sourabh failed to match Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and lost 15-21 14-21 in just 39 minutes, Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold champion Sameer battled hard before going down 26-28 21-23 to Hong Kong's Hu Yun.
Chinese Taipei's Hsu Ya Ching ended Rituparna's campaign, handing her an 18-21 13-21 defeat in 58 minutes.
Mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankirteddy and Maneesha K, however, lost 13-21 21-16 11-21 to Lu Ching Yao and Chiang Kai Hsin of Chinese Taipei, while men's doubles combo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy suffered an 8-21 16-21 defeat to Japanese combo of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda.
The Apex Council issued a show cause notice to Azharuddin stating the reason of his removal and also cancelling his HCA membership.
The 37-year-old Dubliner, who remains available for Test and T20 cricket, won 153 caps in the 50-over format, scoring over 3,000 runs and taking a national record 114 wickets in the format with his lively medium pace.
Double Olympic gold medallist Grant Hackett calls for abusive coaches in Australian swimming to be ‘weeded out’
Swimming Australia has pledged to set up an independent female panel to investigate after complaints last week about "misogynistic perverts" by dual Olympic silver medallist Maddie Groves.