Japan Open: Saina Nehwal advances, Parupalli Kashyap sets up clash with Kidambi Srikanth
Tokyo: The much anticipated second round clash between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal in the ongoing Japan Open is not going to happen as the former lost her first round tie against Japan's Minatsu Mitani 12-21, 21-17, 11-21 here on Wednesday.
However, Saina eased to the second round defeating Thailand's Busanan Ongbumrungpan 21-14, 22-20 in 42 minutes. Saina will now meet Mitani in the second round of the competition.
Along with Saina, Parupalli Kashyap also advanced to the second round but others including Ajay Jayaram and women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa failed to cross the opening hurdle.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kashyap, who turned 29 on Tuesday, was handed a win by Takuma Ueda after the Japanese shuttler retired midway at 3-2 in the opening game at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Kashyap now face compatriot Kidambi Srikanth, seeded third, who beat Ireland’s Scott Evans 21-18, 21-15 in another men’s singles match. The duo had meet at Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold event, where Kashyap had the last laugh.
Indonesia Masters winner H S Prannoy also notched up a thrilling 23-21 22-20 win over Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong in 49 minutes. The World No. 12 will next square up against Korea’s Lee Dong Keun.
Dutch Open winner Ajay faltered at the first round, going down 10-21, 10-21 to Denmark seventh seed Viktor Axelsen in another men’s singles match.
Glasgow Commonwealth Games silver medallists, Jwala and Ashwini played out of their skin before going down 20-22, 21-18, 13-21 to eighth seeds Zhao Yunlei and Zhong Qianxin of China in a 54-minute match.
Another women’s doubles pair of Pradnya Gadre and N Sikki Reddy also made an early exit as they lost 6-21, 17-21 to top seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan.
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