Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma enter second round

first_imgPV Sindhu and Sameer Verma began their Hong Kong Open campaign with a positive outcome as the two advanced to the second round of women’s singles and men’s singles, respectively, in Kowloon on Wednesday.On the other hand, B Sai Praneeth and women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy bowed out of the tournament after opening round losses.Later in the day, men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty will be in action against Thai pair of Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit and Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, respectively.In men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth will take on Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, Parupalli Kashyap will be up against Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and HS Prannoy will face Denmark’s Anders Antonsen. Saina Nehwal will also take the court later against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.PV Sindhu fought hard for a 21-15, 13-21, 21-17 victory over Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol and advanced to the second round of the tournament on Wednesday.Sindhu just a minute over an hour to get past Jindapol in a match that consistent of three well-fought games.Also read – The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV Sindhu to India TodaySindhu began the match well with a solid 21-15 win over Jindapol in the first game. However, she let go of her intensity in the second round and was outplayed 13-21 by Jindapol.In the final game, it remained close till almost the end before Sindhu regained her touch and took the game 21-17 and the match.advertisementSindhu will next be up against South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, who earlier beat Japan’s Aya Ohori 21-10, 21-12. Sindhu leads Sung 8-5 in their head-to-head record but has one win and a loss this year against the Korean.Sameer Verma also got off to a winning start in Hong Kong with a comfortable 21-17, 21-14 win over Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon. Sameer, who had reached the quarter-finals in Denmark before losing to compatriot Srikanth, took just 40 minutes to win his first round match. Sameer Verma will take on China’s Chen Long in the second round of Hong Kong Open. (@India_AllSports Photo)Avihingsanon stayed in touch with Sameer in the first game and the Indian edged out the Thai but Sameer was far more in control in the second game and brought up an easy win.Sameer has a tough task ahead of him in the second round as he will be up against China’s Olympic champion and recently, the French Open winner Chen Long.The one time Sameer played Chen Long was back in 2015 and the Indian had lost.SAI PRANEETH, ASHWINI-SIKKI LOSESai Praneeth could not bring about a change in his misfortune this year as he bowed out of the Hong Kong from the first round itself, losing 21-16, 11-21, 15-21 to Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab.Praneeth, who has struggled to go beyong the second round in the last three tournaments, had his match fitness come under scrutiny as he failed to last in the match and the rallies with the clash going into three games.Praneeth began the match on the fore taking the first game quite comfortably. However, the next two games showed exactly how Praneeth struggles with a three-game match.Phetpradab has been in a good form recently and has some wonderful strokes up his sleeves. While even Praneeth is a technically gifted player, Phetpradab could outlast the Indian on Wednesday.In the women’s doubles, Ashwini-Sikki fought extremely but the gulf in the class of the Indian pair and the Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. Hong Kong Open: Ashwini-Sikki won the first game but lost the next two to lose the match. (@India_AllSports Photo)Despite losing the first game surprisingly, the second seeded Japanese pair outclassed Ashwini-Sikki 18-21, 21-10, 21-8 in 52 minutes.Ashwini-Sikki played extremely well to take Matsutomo and Takahashi off guard in the first game and stayed close to them before taking it away 21-18.However, the next two games they could managed a total of only 18 points and the Japanese ran away with the match into the second round.Also watch –last_img

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