India’s representation at the All England Badminton Championships had been reduced to just three with everyone else bowing out in the opening round itself or in the qualifying rounds. PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy and Saina Nehwal were the only ones left to carry the Indian flag into the second round forward at the Superseries Premier event in Birmingham. That list reduced to two with HS Prannoy losing in straight games while Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu won in straight games.
All England Badminton Championship Updates:
1945 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal wins it 21-18, 21-10. She’s through to the quarters
1923 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal’s second round against Deprez. And the Indian shuttler has let go of a big lead to now trail 13-12 in the opening game
1922 hrs IST: HS Prannoy loses 13-21, 5-21 to number 7 seed Houwei Tian and his All England campaign is over.
1912 hrs IST: At the break in the second game, Prannoy is 3-11 down
1910 hrs IST: HS Prannoy loses the first game 13-21 to Houwei Tian and is down 2-9 in the second.
1833 hrs IST: It took Sindhu exactly half hour to win the second round there. HS Prannoy is next on court. His match is not on the televised court
1806 hrs IST: PV Sindhu is inching towards the win and she’s been resounding in her play today. A drop shot brings up match point. And she clinically gets the job done to step up and punch the shuttle for a winner. SINDHU WINS 21-12, 21-4
1800 hrs IST: Sindhu with some errors and Ayustine has now put together three straight points. Indonesian tries to continue the momentum but errs. Sindhu follows it up with a thunderous smash that Ayustine can’t get back. 11-3 in the second game
1758 hrs IST: Ayustine sends her attempted shot long and Sindhu continues to lead. Then Ayustine with an error and PV Sindhu is 8-0 up. Beautiful construction of point by PV Sindhu to move Ayustine side-to-side and then a smash from a high shot at the net. Sindhu with some indecision and Ayustine wins her first point after Sindhu’s nine. 9-1.
1757 hrs IST: Ayustine can’t help but be exasperated as her attempted drop shot is into the net. Sindhu leads 3-0. Follows it up with a deep shot which is just inside the line and that’s 5-0. A drop shot on the next point which Ayustine can’t get to. Luck favouring Sindhu too. Hits the net and trickles over. 6-0 now!
1751 hrs IST: PV Sindhu continues her rallying effort. Just two points from the first game. Tries to get a surprise drop in place but Ayustine is quick to read it and slots it back. Next point, Sindhu with an exquisite cross court drop. Game point for Sindhu. Ayustine sends her backhand wide and Sindhu wins the first game 21-12.
1745 hrs IST: Sindhu with a beautiful cross-court smash which lands half way through and Ayustine can do nothing about it. Follows it up with an attempted drop that is into the net. Then an error to read the serve with the return landing long. Good rally with both players stretching and Sindhu sends her half smash into the net. Gets a new racket out
1743 hrs IST: Sindhu moves forward and smashes a lobbed shuttle to lead 10-5. Neat drop by Sindhu and she leads 11-5 at the break in the opening game
1741 hrs IST: Ayustine sends her deep backhand attempt wide and Sindhu leads 5-4. Now the Indonesian with an error on the forehand to make it 6-4 to Sindhu. The Indian shuttler playing more attacking game now to move in on a low return. But she undoes the momentum to send a deep forehand long. Now a low shot by her has Ayustine stretching which is on to the net. Error on the serve by Ayustine and Sindhu leads 9-5.
1740 hrs IST: Sindhu steps up and changes the face of the racket at the last minute and it is now 3-3. Now Ayustine with an error and Sindhu is once again in the lead. Misjudgement by Sindhu and the shuttle lands in to make it 4-4
1739 hrs IST: Sindhu sends her low shot long and it is now 2-2.
1738 hrs IST: Ayustine gets the match going and PV Sindhu with strong two shots to start things. Attacking the Indonesian’s backhand. Sindhu has her knee taped as usual.
1737 hrs IST: Ayustine is World No 39 and started with a fairly comfortable start to the tournament in the first round.
1730 hrs IST: This is the first meeting between Sindhu and Indonesia’s Ayustine. They’re on the main court – Court 1. PV Sindhu in the front with the Indonesian walking right behind.
1720 hrs IST: Hello and Good Evening! We’re ready and in place for the second round of the All England Badminton Championship on Day 2 of the tournament. It wasn’t a good show for India on Wednesday. Only 3 wins with the rest of the pack bowing out. First on court is PV Sindhu who takes on Dinar Dyah Ayustine. In two hours time, as per schedule, Saina Nehwal will take court against Fabianne Deprez. Before Saina though, HS Prannoy will face a tough task of beating Houwei Tian.