Sports Badminton 20 Sep 2019 China Open: B Sai Pr ...

China Open: B Sai Praneeth powers on, P V Sindhu exits

PTI
Published Sep 20, 2019, 1:46 am IST
Updated Sep 20, 2019, 8:52 am IST
Praneeth, who had claimed a bronze medal at Basel, edged out China’s Lu Guang Zu 21-19, 21-19.
B. Sai Praneeth
 B. Sai Praneeth

Changzhou (China): Reigning world champion P. V. Sindhu made an early exit from the China Open but B. Sai Praneeth kept the Indian flag fluttering with a hard-fought straight-games win to reach the men’s singles quarterfinals here on Thursday.

Sindhu, an Olympic silver medallist, squandered a first-game advantage to go down 12-21, 21-13, 21-19 to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in a women’s singles pre-quarterfinals that lasted 58 minutes here.

 

Praneeth, who had claimed a bronze medal at Basel, edged out China’s Lu Guang Zu 21-19, 21-19 to set up a meeting against Indonesian seventh seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

Ginting beat India’s Parupalli Kashyap 23-21, 15-21, 21-12 in a thrilling contest. Doubles specialist Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also had a dismal day as he suffered twin defeats, losing both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals.

In men’s doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty, ranked 15th in the world, ran out of steam after a decent start against fourth-seeded Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda and went down 19-21, 8-21 in the second-round match that lasted 33 minutes.

Satwik then paired up with his mixed doubles partner Ashwini Ponanappa but the duo couldn’t get past Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo, losing 11-21, 21-16, 12-21 to the Japanese pair.

Ashwini also tasted defeat in women’s doubles after she and her partner N Sikki Reddy lost 12-21, 17-21 to second seeded Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi.

Sindhu, who came into the match with a 3-0 head-to-head lead against Pornpawee, dominated the first game. She reeled off eight straight points after the interval to jump to 19-10 and eventually sealed the first game comfortably.

In the second game, Pornpawee changed gears and moved to a 5-1 advantage initially. Sindhu clawed back to 7-9 before the Thai youngster jumped to 15-7 with six straight points and held her fort to roar back into the contest.

The decider started on an even note as both the shuttlers fought hard, moving together till 6-6 when Sindhu surged ahead to enjoy a 11-7 cushion at the break.

However, Pornpawee kept breathing down Sindhu’s neck and slowly moved to 15-19. From there, the Thai shuttler blasted six straight points to leave the Indian shocked.

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