Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the China Open Super Series as they defeated Beiwen Zhang and Sayaka Sato respectively in women’s singles. In the men’s singles, HS Prannoy also entered into the next round as he overcame Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 18-21, 21-16,21-19.
Saina saw off USA’s Beiwen Zhang in a comfortable 21-12, 21-13 win in her women’s singles first round in just 29 minutes. In the next round, she will face fifth
In the last match of the day for India, second seed Sindhu overcame the challenge of Japan’s Sayaka Sato in the first round. The match lasted for 59 minutes where the Indian beat unseeded Sato 24-22, 23-21 in two tight games. In the next round, Sindhu will play
Prannoy, who entered in this tournament after winning the national champion status, beating Kidambi Srikanth in the finals, continued his winning momentum as he took the one-and-half hour to beat Lee Dong Keun.
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Later, Ponnappa also lost her mixed doubles match along with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in a three-game contest. The Indian pair lost 19-21, 21-17, 13-21 to Mathias Christiansen and Christina Pedersen of Denmark.
In the men's doubles, the Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty failed to cross the first hurdle losing to Chinese pair of Cheng Liu and Nan Zhang 13-21, 13-21.
Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy also lost 18-21, 15-21 to Marcus Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya of Indonesia.