After poor display at the India Open and Malaysia Open, Indian shuttlers got off to a prolific start in the Singapore Open Super 500 on Wednesday. The proceedings began with ace shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal’s wins in their respective women’s singles.
Sindhu won a lopsided affair against Indonesia's Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky 21-9, 21-7 to ensure her place in the second round, while her fellow shuttler from Hyderabad, Nehwal confronted a tough challenge from her Indonesian opponent Yulia Yosephin Susanto in the first round, before finishing the game in straight sets (21-16, 21-11).
In the next round, Nehwal will face the winner of the match between Indian qualifier Mugdha Agrey and Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.
Though Saina needed a little bit of time to express her dominance, Sindhu was at her peak from the very onset of the match. The Rio Olympic silver medalist took merely 27 minutes to get the better of Mainaky.
The fourth seed will face Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in the next round. Mia defeated Indonesia’s renowned shuttler Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21-16, 22-20.
Pleasant day for boys
Meanwhile, the Indian boys also had a good outing. Kidambi Srikanth became the third Indian player to record straight games 21-17, 21-18 win at Singapore Open 2019 after Sindhu and Nehwal. The lanky Indian shuttler will take on Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in the next round on Thursday.
Piling on India’s participation in the second round of the tournament, HS Prannoy notched a thrilling win, coming from behind to beat Brice Leverdez 11-21, 21-16, 21-18 in a closely fought contest.
On a day when Nehwal had a good outcome, her husband Parupalli Kashyap didn’t disappoint the fans either. Earning his place in the main draw through qualifying round, Kashyap defeated Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 21-19, 21-14.
However, he will have an uphill task in hand in the second round as he will confront Chen Long in the round of 32.
Fighting Praneeth goes down
Sai Praneeth’s defeat after putting a great fight against world no. 1 Kento Momota disappointed many. In the first set, Praneeth won 21-19 but went down in the next round14-21. In the third and the final game, he lost 22-20 in a hard-fought battle. The encounter required an hour and 15 minutes to produce a result.
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