Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy moved into the second round of Japan Open with contrasting wins over their respective rivals in the women's and men's singles events at Tokyo on Wednesday.
Syed Modi International 2018: Sameer Verma lone Indian winner at event; Saina Nehwal tamed by Chinese teenager Han Yue
Sameer Verma’s successful defence of his Syed Modi International men’s singles title was the sole saving grace on the final day of the World Tour Super 300 badminton championships
Syed Modi International 2018: Saina Nehwal a tougher opponent than Li Xuerui, says Han Yue after winning maiden title
China’s Han Yue made it look so easy. To brush aside two former World No 1s – Saina Nehwal and Li Xuerui – in a space of two days needed a courageous display. And the 19-year-old didn’t even flinch as she defied age to claim her first World Tour title.
Syed Modi International 2018: Saina Nehwal, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty lose finals in straight games
It was heartbreak for Saina Nehwal, who couldn't put enough pressure on Han, a 2017 world junior championship silver medallist, losing 18-21, 8-21
Syed Modi International 2018: For three-time champion Saina Nehwal, playing in Lucknow is 'similar to playing in Jakarta'
Just like Jakarta, Lucknow is a city which has given Saina Nehwal much joy, with the Indian having won three Syed Modi International titles in Lucknow.
Syed Modi International 2018: Saina Nehwal is 'tough nut to crack,' says Han Yue ahead of women's singles final
The 21-15, 19-21, 21-9 scoreline didn’t do justice to Han Yue’s performance as she outsmarted the 2012 London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui at the net with precision
Syed Modi International 2018: Sameer Verma to take on Lu Guangzu in title clash, Indian players make four finals
The third-seeded Sameer Verma appeared in command throughout the 57-minute long tussle against Wardoyo, who had been promoted from the qualifying ranks.
New Zealand Open Badminton: Sameer Verma fails to learn from Lakshya Sen's errors in clash against Lin Dan
Sameer Verma repeated Lakshya Sen's cardinal error of eschewing patience and trying to finish rallies quickly in the quarter-final and played into Lin Dan's hands.
Highlights, China Open SSP 2017: Chen Long to face Viktor Axelsen in final; Akane Yamaguchi takes on Gao Fangjie
Catch the live scores and updates from the semi-final action at the China Open Superseries Premier
China Open Superseries Premier: PV Sindhu breezes into quarter-finals on day of disappointments for India
PV Sindhu would be enormously cheered by the knowledge that her quarter-final encounter on Friday will not be against her recent tormentor, Japan’s reigning world champion Nozomi Okuhara, who hobbled off injured.
China Open Superseries Premier: PV Sindhu sails into quarter-finals as Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy crash out
Defending champion PV Sindhu sailed into the quarter-finals but newly-crowned national champions Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out of the China Open Super Series Premier in Fuzhou on Thursday.
China Open Superseries Premier: PV Sindhu last Indian standing as Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy crash out
Later on Thursday evening, Sindhu will clash with Chinese qualifier Han Yue, against whom this will be her first meeting.