Defending champion B Sai Praneeth crashed out in the first round of the Singapore Open as he suffered a narrow 21-16, 16-21, 18-21 defeat against Japan’s Yu Igarashi today. Meanwhile, Subhankar Dey and Ruthvika along with the pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy advanced into round two.
25-year old B Sai Praneeth has not been in the best of form on the global stage off late and that was evident in last night’s loss to Japan’s Yu Igarashi. It was a tough outing for the defending champ who suffered a narrow 21-16, 16-21, 18-21 loss against Igarashi in the opening round itself of the 2018 Singapore Open. The match went on for an hour and 11 minutes before Igarashi won the final set 21-18.
However, other Indian youngsters in Singapore did not fail to disappoint as the likes of men’s singles player Subhankar Dey, women’s singles player Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and the mixed doubles duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy secured a path to the second round of the tournament.
While Dey beat Canada's Jason Anthony Ho-Shue 14-21, 21-14, 21-16, Ruthvika downed Bulgaria's Linda Zetchiri 21-15, 17-21, 21-16, who had also lost to PV Sindhu in the Indonesian Open last time. Also, former national champion Rituparna Das defeated Switzerland's Sabrina Jaquet, who retired after trailing 3-5 in the opening game itself.
One of India’s most prolific mixed doubles pair at the moment, the combo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra emerged victorious over Germany's Jones Ralfy Jansen and Carla Nelte 21-19, 16-21, 2-12 to make it into round two in Singapore. But CWG bronze medalist RMV Gurusaidutt and young Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka were knocked out of the competition after losses against their respective opponents. Gurusaidutt went down by a scoreline of 14-21, 19-21 to China's Qiao Bi while Vaishnavi lost by 19-21, 7-21 to Japan's Minatsu Mitani.