Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma, Parupalli Kashyap and Sai Praneeth were all knocked out in the second round of the ongoing Australian Open, which is being held at Quaycentre in Sydney, Australia.
In the women’s singles, India’s lone representative, Sindhu defeated Indonesia’s Choirunnisa 21-14, 21-9 but lost out to Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol 19-21, 18-21 in the second round.
In the men’s singles, Verma defeated Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia 21-15, 16-21, 21-12 in the first round. However, he was ousted in the next round by Taiwan’s Wang Tzu-Wei 16-21, 21-7, 13-21.
HS Prannoy lost to two times Olympic champion China’s Lin Dan 18-21, 19-21. On the other hand, Kashyap got past Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-16, 21-15 in the first round.
In the second round, Kashyap met Prannoy’s conqueror Lin Dan. The Chinese shuttler completed his second Indian scalp by winning 21-17, 20-22, 21-14.
Praneeth secured a comprehensive victory over South Korea’s Lee Dong-keun by a margin of 21-16, 21-14. But just like his compatriots, he was unable to overcome the second round hurdle as he was defeated by Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 23-25, 9-21.
In the men’s doubles event, the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the first round 21-12, 21-16 against fellow Indian duo of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy. The pair bowed out in the second round to Chinese pair Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen 19-21, 18-21.
In the women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy exited in the first round after losing 14-21, 13-21 against South Korean opponents Baek Ha-na and Kim Hye-rin.
Meanwhile, in the mixed doubles event, Ponnappa and Rankireddy lost out to Taiwan’s Wang Chi-lin and Cheng Chi-ya 17-21, 21-12, 16-21 in the first round.
It was yet another disappointing performance from the Indian contingent as none of the shuttlers was able to reach even the quarter-finals stage of the tournament.
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