All England Open: Srikanth, Sindhu enter second round

NEW DELHI: Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu advanced into the second around while Saina Nehwal and Sai Praneeth made first-round exits on the All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Srikanth registered a hard-fought victory over Brice Leverdez of France within the opening around while Sindhu, TOISA 2018 Badminton participant of the Year, also had to sweat demanding to eke out 20-22, 21-17, 21-Nine win over Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong. Saina suffered a straight-game defeat in opposition to World No. 1 and defending champion Tai Tzu-Ying.

Sindhu blew 11-Four merit within the opening recreation as Pornpawee fought again to catch up with the Indian at 14-14. She went to the 20-18 recreation point merit earlier than Sindhu clawed again but in the end it was once the Thai participant who pocketed the sport.

Jolted by the reversal, Sindhu surged to a 14-6 and 15-7 lead within the subsequent two games and did not lose keep an eye on despite some spirited struggle by Pornpawee. The global quantity 4 Sindhu will face Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol, who defeated USA's Beiwen Zhang 21-18, 21-14, in the second around.

Praneeth surprised Son Wan Ho by clinching the first recreation 21-13 but the 5th seed Korean staved off problem posed by the Indian participant with ease and received the next two games 21-15, 21-11 to make into the second around.

TOISA 2018 Sportsperson of the Year Srikanth had endured a difficult first around outing in opposition to Leverdez earlier than rising victorious 7-21, 21-14, 22-20 within the fit that lasted almost an hour.

The 3rd seed Srikanth, who received 4 Super Series titles, was once bowled over by the Frenchman within the first recreation. Srikanth began with the a large number of mistakes that handed Leverdez a 5-Zero lead within the first recreation. The Indian failed to seek out his rhythm and went to the wreck trailing 5-11. Leverdez persisted the place he left after the interval and wrapped the sport 21-7.

Srikanth modified the gears in the second recreation and headed into the wreck with 11-5 lead. He carried on along with his just right work and compelled the fit into the decider by winning the second recreation 21-14.

Srikanth started off the closing recreation in the similar means main 11-6 on the wreck. But the sport after the interval noticed a gruelling fight as Srikanth and Leverdez saved exchanging points one after the another. The World quantity three Srikanth used all his enjoy and held his nerve to carve out a fighting win in opposition to Leverdez.

Earlier, Saina misplaced the contest in directly games 14-21, 18-21 in 38 minutes to the defending champion.

Facing the top-ranked participant within the lung opener was once all the time going to be a difficult one and Saina started on the again foot to path Four-Nine early within the first recreation. Saina fought again brilliantly to level it at 10-10, earlier than going to mid-game wreck 10-11.

The fit went on with service exchanging for each point till 14-14, earlier than Tai broke thru by winning seven consecutive points to wrap the opening recreation 21-14 in 16 minutes.

Saina started the second recreation on a good be aware and led the lawsuits from the beginning. She went into the wreck with three-point merit at 11-Eight. Saina then prolonged the result in 16-11, but Tai soon made it 15-16 thru 4 consecutive points. After that Saina misplaced the lead at 17-18, for the first time within the recreation, and Tai made positive that it didn't slip away as she received the second recreation 21-18.


In girls's doubles, India's Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha Ram misplaced 14-21, 11-21 to 5th seed Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto of Japan in their opening around fit.


India suffered another defeat in girls's doubles as Ashwini Ponappa and Sikki Reddy went down 14-21, 13-21 in opposition to 2d seed Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan within the first around.


Indian males's doubles duo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy bowed out of the event after losing 20-22, 12-21 to Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England within the first around.


Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy registered the directly games 21-19, 21-13 victory over Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler of Germany within the mixed doubles first around.
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