B Sai Praneeth Out of Hong Kong Open, Loses to Son Wan Ho 21-8, 21-16
New Delhi: Indian ace shuttler B Sai Praneeth crashed out of the Hong Kong Super Series after he lost to second-seed Son Wan Ho of Korea in straight games. World no 3 Wan-ho took just 35 minutes to hand Praneeth 21-8, 21-16 defeat and to earn his third win over the Indian in as many meetings.
Meanwhile, it was also the end of road for Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy.
The Indian team slumped to a 17-21, 17-21 defeat against Malaysian-South Korean duo of Khim Wah Lim and Yoo Yeon Seong in the men’s doubles event that also lasted for just 35 minutes.
Earlier on Wednesday, Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy kicked off their campaign in the tournament with contrasting wins.
Sindhu showcased a brilliant performance as she eased past her Hong Kong opponent Yuet Yee 21-18, 21-10 in a one-sided clash that lasted just 26 minutes. She will now cross swords with Aya Ohori of Japan.
Prannoy, on the other hand, produced a brilliant comeback from a game down to sweep aside Hu Yun of Hong Kong 19-21, 21-17, 21-15 in an exhilarating opening-round encounter of the men’s singles event that lasted more than an hour.
The 25-year-old, who defeated his countryman Kidambi Srikanth to win 2017 Senior National Badminton Championship last week, will now face Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai, who had defeated the Indian in the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier.
Meanwhile, Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal also advanced to the second round of the tournament after registering a 21-19, 23-21 win over Mette Poulsen of Denmark in a 46-minute first round clash.
Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, on the other hand, squandered an opening game advantage and went down 21-15, 9-21, 20-22 to Lee Dong Keun of Korea to crash out of the tournament.
(With ANI inputs)