India Open 2018: Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma light up opening day; HS Prannoy knocked out after suffering injury
Kidambi Srikanth, seeded second at this India Open, could not afford to relax for even a second against Lee Cheuk Yiu in what was their first-ever meeting.
India Open 2018: HS Prannoy forced to play with foot corn, says he couldn't afford to pull out due to BWF rules
Prannoy developed several foot corns during the business end of the recently-concluded Premier Badminton League and hasn't been able to recover due to doctor's negligence.
Saina, who reached the final of Indonesia Masters last week, had written to BAI to allow her to withdraw from Asia Team Championship scheduled from 6-11 February.
Prannoy looked uncomfortable as he took the court against compatriot Shreyansh Jaiswal and handed over the match to his younger colleague 4-21 6-21.
Srikanth had suffered an abdominal muscle strain during the PBL forcing him to skip the Indonesia Masters which was supposed to kick start his campaign in the new season.
Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu remain hopeful of halting World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying's title-winning spree in the forthcoming tournaments.
India Open 2018: Kidambi Srikanth to lead hosts' charge, fit-again Saina Nehwal has a point to prove
Srikanth was actually seeded second, and placed at the bottom of the draw when it was made; and there he remains. Axelsen’s vacated spot at the top has been filled by Subhankar Dey, promoted from the qualifying rounds.