PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy endure first spherical defeats in India Open 2023 | Badminton Information | Jobs Punch

India’s top-ranked shuttlers PV Sinhhu and HS Prannoy suffered a first-round exit from the India Open Super750 badminton match. Prannoy was knocked out after consecutive defeats by the hands of his compatriot and defending champion Lakshya Sen right here on Tuesday whereas PV was defeated by Supanida Katethong of Thailand.

Sindhu, who returned to motion at residence after lacking the complete second half of the 2022 season as a result of an damage suffered on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham in August, misplaced to Thailand’s Supanida Katethong in straight video games, shedding 21 -14, 22-20. Saina defeated Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in three video games, 21-17, 12-21, 21-19 in only one hour.

It was general a blended day for India as Lakshya Sen, Satwisairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty, Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand Pullela and Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala have been nicely superior to the subsequent stage.

Nonetheless, aside from Sindhu, HS Prannoy, India’s highest ranked males’s participant, ladies’s doubles pair Shruti Mishra/Sikki Reddy; the blended doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar/Tanisha Crasto and the ladies’s doubles mix of Haritha Manazhiyil and Ashna Roy crashed on the opening day.

Former World Champion and two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu opens her marketing campaign in opposition to a participant she defeated within the final 4 stage right here final yr and located it powerful once more. The Thai left-hander is a difficult participant and used his distinctive kind and approach to overpower the Indian participant, simply successful the primary recreation earlier than overcoming a troublesome problem within the second.

Supanida received 43 of the 77 rallies performed between the 2 gamers, he established early within the first recreation and managed to maintain the higher hand after which opened a 17-13 lead in second recreation after neck and neck to start with earlier than. ending the match by successful the final two factors after Sindhu tied the scores at 20-20.

However the star of the day for the house crowd was undoubtedly Saina, who carried out higher, managed the rallies and fought arduous when the chips have been all the way down to advance to the second spherical.

Saina began on a constructive observe and raced to an 11-6 lead within the opening recreation earlier than closing it out with out a lot fanfare. Nonetheless, Blichfeldt remained in management all through the second recreation and it regarded just like the momentum was shifting in the direction of the Dane.

Nonetheless, Saina confirmed that she has sufficient and extra in her reserves as she went on the offensive to counter her opponent’s assaults and created a difficult web to finish the match.

“I labored on my motion and I’m assured that I can win the match as we speak. I noticed that I moved nicely as we speak and I’m decided to combat for each level,” mentioned Saina after the match.

He’ll now face China’s Chen Yufei within the subsequent spherical. The Tokyo Olympic gold medalist defeated Canada’s Michelle Li 21-19, 21-15

Within the morning session, the back-to-back first spherical conflict between Sen and Prannoy turned the speak of the city and the 2 gamers tied 3-3 within the head-to-head after final week’s Malaysia Open which going through one another, everyone seems to be wanting ahead to a different shut encounter on residence turf.

Sen’s robust protection and comparatively sluggish taking part in situations meant that Prannoy needed to do one thing particular to wrap up his youthful opponent. However that was not going to occur as a result of the defending champion confirmed how tough it’s to breach his protection within the preliminary exchanges and opened an 11-3 lead and by no means regarded again in that recreation.

Prannoy managed to overhaul Sen at first of the second recreation however the teen opened up a two-point lead on the break after which stored issues flat and quick to wrap up the match in 45 minutes.

He’ll now face Rasmus Gemke of Denmark, who received the previous world no. 1 Kento Momota of Japan 21-15, 21-11 within the first match of the day.

“I’m joyful that I can begin from the place I ended final yr. In Malaysia, I couldn’t management the shuttle within the match in opposition to Prannoy however as we speak the situations are superb and may management the shuttle nicely. Tomorrow, relaxation. day and I hope to proceed taking part in like this after,” Sen mentioned after the match.

Among the many different Indians within the fray, the ladies’s doubles mixture of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly needed to maintain their nerve to beat the French mixture of Margot Lambert and Anne Tran 22-20, 17-21, 21-18. The sixth seeded mixture of Zhang Shu Xian and Zheng Yu is Chinese language, who defeated Ashna Roy and Haritha MH 21-4, 21-2.

Earlier, Marin received the match between the 2 former world champions defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, 21-13, 21-18 in 39 minutes.

Each Marin and Okuhara struggled in 2022 as a result of accidents and are nonetheless discovering their toes on the world circuit. The Spaniard was first out of the blocks after the primary exchanges closing out the opening recreation with ease.

Okuhara then began mixing issues up by pushing her opponent into the backhand court docket and received a number of factors when Marin tried to guage the shuttle as an alternative of going overhead. This ploy helped the Japanese open a 12-8 lead earlier than the Spaniards picked up the tempo with rallies.

Marin first strung collectively a streak of 5 in a row to take the lead after which ended the match with one other set of 5 straight factors. He’ll now face sixth seed Ratchanok, who defeated Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia, 21-13, 21-11 in his first-round match.

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