All England Open: PV Sindhu Beat Nitchaon Jindapol, Advance to Qaurters
New Delhi: Indian ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu and HS Prannoy advanced to the second round while the women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy fell in the opening round of the Hong Kong Open Superseries on Wednesday.
While second seed Sindhu eased past Hong Kong’s qualifier Leung Yuet Yee 21-18, 21-10, Prannoy, in the men’s singles, moved into the second round after a 19-21, 21-17, 21-15 win in an hour and one minute over Hong Kong’s Hu Yun.
The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini and Sikki fought hard but couldn’t prevent China’s Huang Dongping and Li Wenmei from advancing to the next round. The Chinese won 21-11, 19-21, 21-19 in 55 minutes.
Earlier, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina staved off a spirited challenge from World No 44 Mette Poulsen of Denmark 21-19 23-21 in a 46-minute match, to advance to the second round. Sourabh Verma, meanwhile, failed to put up a fight against Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, losing 15-21 8-21 to bow out of the competition.
Also, Commonwealth Games champion Parupali Kashyap squandered an opening game advantage to go down narrowly 21-15 9-21 20-22 to Korean Lee Dong Keun in a match that lasted an hour and nine minutes. (With WIRES inputs)