Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and R M V Gurusaidutt made a positive start to their campaign by winning their respective opening round matches at the USD 200,000 Asian Badminton championship in Gimcheon, Korea on Wednesday.
However, it was curtains for Singapore Open semifinalist Kidambi Srikanth as he went down to Chinese veteran Lin Dan 7-21 14-21 in 32 minutes in a men’s singles first round match.
World No. 10 Sindhu faced a tough challenge from Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi before prevail over her opponent 21-15 15-21 21-18 in a women’s singles match that lasted exactly an hour.
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Sindhu will next face Hirose Eriko of Japan in the next round. Hirose has a 3-0 lead against the Indian.
Kashyap and Gurusaidutt registered contrasting victories in their respective men’s singles matches.
While Kashyap posted a comfortable 21-14 21-17 win over Goh Soon Huat of Malaysia in 35 minutes, Gurusaidutt fought hard before posting a 22-20 23-21 victory over Phetpradab Khosit of Thailand in a 44-minute contest.
In the second round, Kashyap will take on Hsu Jen Hao of Taipei, while Gurusaidutt will clash against another shuttler from Taipei, Wang Tzu Wei.
In the men’s doubles event, Indian pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost to Malaysia’s Low Juan Shen and Heg Nelson Wei Keat 21-16 13-21 20-22.
Indian combo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa cleared the first-round hurdle by getting the better of Singapore duo of Fu Mingtian and Neo Yu Yan Vanessa 21-18 21-15 in the women’s doubles event. The match lasted just 38 minutes.
Jwala and Ashwini will now take on third seeded Thai combination of Aroonkesorn Duanganong and Voravichitchaikul Kunchala.
However, India’s campaign in the men’s doubles category came to an end after the pair of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra lost 18-21 19-21 to China’s Zhang Wen and Wang Yilv.