All England Championships: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth through to next round, Sai Praneeth out

PV Sindhu squared off against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong and emerged victorious. Kidambi Srikanth won his match while Sai Praneeth lost his contest against Son Wan-ho.

pv sindhu, sindhu badminton, india open badminton, pv sindhu final, india badminton, badminton news, indian express PV Sindhu squared off against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong and emerged victorious. (PTI Photo)

All England Championships began on Wednesday in Birmingham. India suffered a poor start as Saina Nehwal lost her game against top seed Tai Tzu Ying in her first-round game. In the women’s singles, PV Sindhu squared off against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong. While she lost the first game, she staged a comeback in the second and the currently playing out the decider. In the men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth won his match while Sai Praneeth lost his contest against Son Wan-ho. In the doubles match, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy beat Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, 22-20 21-12, to progress to the next round.

  1. 10:08PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy win

    Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy beat Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, 22-20 21-12, to progress to the next round.

  2. 9:50PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Son Wan-ho beats B Sai Praneeth 13-21, 21-15, 21-11

    And that's that. It looked Praneeth might be able to pull of an upset when he won that first game but Son came back in the second and third games to take his place in the next round. 

  3. 9:45PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy lose 1st game 22-20, trail 15-9 in second

    English pair Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge are inching closer to victory in their first-round match.

  4. 9:43PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Pranav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy win first game 21-19

    The Indian pair have taken the first game against Germany's Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler

  5. 9:39PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Son leads third game 10-5

    The Korean is now dominating proceedings. It looks more and like Praneeth might be joining Saina Nehwal on the way back to India

  6. 9:30PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Praneeth loses second game 21-15

    And Son comes back. The first game looked more and more like a slip up considering the way Son played in that second one. Praneeth has to up his ante in the third game 

  7. 9:22PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Praneeth trails 10-12 in second game

    Son Wan-ho is now getting into his groove here. Praneeth has done well to keep up but it does look like the match will go into a third game. 

  8. 9:20PM
    14 Mar, 18
    PV Sindhu beats Pornpawee Chochuwong 20-22, 21-17, 21-9

    Sindhu just took it away in the final exchanges. She was given a real scare in the first game but then came to her own in the second and third. Chochuwong could not handle her aggression in the end and failed to reach double figures in the third game 

  9. 9:12PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Sindhu leads 13-7 in the third game

    Sindhu is inching closer to booking a place in the next round. She is managing to keep Chochuwong at bay. 

  10. 9:10PM
    14 Mar, 18
    B Sai Praneeth wins first game 21-13

    Well, well how about that. World no 14 Praneeth has pretty much outclassed world no 4 Son Wan-ho in this first game

  11. 9:04PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Sindhu 5-3 Chochuwong in third game

    Sindhu has thus far kept the lead in the match but Chochuwong is not far behind. The world no. 22 is giving the Indian star a real run for her money

  12. 8:55PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Sindhu loses the first game

    Sindhu has lost the first game 22-20 to Thailand's Chochuwong Pornpawee. But she is staging a comeback in the second and currently leads 18-14. The match has gone on for 36 minutes

  13. 8:45PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Srikanth reacts

    Kidambi Srikanth: "Matches like these will give me a lot of confidence" 

  14. 7:26PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Kidambi Srikanth wins the match

    Kidambi Srikanth beats Brice Leverdez 22-21 in the decider and progresses to the pre-quarterfinals. with a hard-fought 7-21, 21-14, 22-20 win over Brice Leverdez in the 1st round of All England Championships.

  15. 7:21PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Evenly poised

    The final game of the match is inching towards a close finish as Leverdez's levels the score at 16-16. After leading for quite some time, Srikanth allows the Frenchman to claw back. Interesting finish awaits us.

  16. 7:00PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Kidambi Srikanth wins the second game 21-14

    Kidambi Srikanth wins the second game 21-14 against Brice Leverdez. Its all square at 1-1 with one game remaining.

  17. 6:49PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Kidambi Srikanth leads 11-5 in second game

    After losing the first game Kidambi Srikanth gives a better performance in the second game. He leads 11-5 at the break in the second game.

  18. 6:41PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Kidambi Srikanth loses first game 21-7

    Kidambi Srikanth loses the first game to Brice Leverdez by a margin of 21-7.  It takes the Frenchman just 12 mins to finish the first game.

  19. 6:35PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Poor start for Srikanth

    After starting with two unforced errors Kidambi Srikanth has lost his way in the first game. At the first break, he trails the Frenchman, 11-5 in the first game. Srikanth needs to up his game.

  20. 6:33PM
    14 Mar, 18
    K Srikanth vs B Leverdez

    Kidambi Srikanth squares-off against France's Brice Leverdez in men's singles first round match.

  21. 6:18PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Defeats for India continue

    Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy go down in straight games to second seeded Misaka Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi 21-14, 21-13

  22. 5:42PM
    14 Mar, 18
    FROM COURT 2

    Over on the other court, another disappointment for India. Meghana Jakkampudi and S Ram Poorvisha go down to Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto 21-14, 21-11

  23. 5:34PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Saina's record against Tai Tzu Ying

    Tai Tzu Ying with that win against Saina Nehwal further improves her record against the Indian. 10-5 the head-to-head now in favour of the Taipei player. Eight consecutive defeats for Saina now. The last win came at the Swiss Open in 2013

  24. 5:30PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Tai Tzu Ying WINS

    Saina Nehwal sends her forehand wide and the defending champion Tai Tzu Ying wins 21-14, 21-18 in 37 minutes. 

  25. 5:29PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Tai Tzu Ying leads

    Tai Tzu Ying somehow gets her racket to a smash by Saina and it catches the Indian short. It is followed by a drop shot that is ready. MATCH POINT

  26. 5:27PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Ying cuts gap

    Saina Nehwal's lead has been cut short to just one by Tai Tzu Ying. Credit to the Taipei player for massive smashes angled across and cross courts which Saina is unable to beat. 

  27. 5:20PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Saina Nehwal leads

    Saina Nehwal leads in the second game at the breather. She leads 11-8 in the second. The deficit for Tzu Ying should have been bigger but for Saina making uncharacteristic errors. Although she needs to go for it all 

  28. 5:13PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Bright start for Saina

    Saina Nehwal with a good start in the second game. Gopichand's words doing the trick early on. But she is making some unforced errors - something you can't afford against Tai Tzu Ying and a player you have a poor record against. 

  29. 5:08PM
    14 Mar, 18
    GAME POINT Tai Tzu Ying

    Tai Tzu Ying with a smash into open court and she wins the opening game 21-14. It has taken just 16 minutes

  30. 5:07PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Tai Tzu Ying edges ahead

    The Chinese Taipei player has pushed forward on the back of some Saina errors. Followed by some lovely angles which are opening up the court. She now leads 18-14

  31. 5:01PM
    14 Mar, 18
    All square in the middle, Nehwal 10-10 Ying

    Saina Nehal has managed to come back from 4-8 to make it 10-10. Tai Tzu Ying though gets a point and makes it 11-10 as both the player take a break after 10 minutes of play.

  32. 4:59PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Saina Newhal coming back into the game, Nehwal 8-9 Ying

    Saina Nehwal has been able to take three points with Ying starting to lose her grip. Nehwal looks determined to get back and it is Nehwal 8-9 Ying.

  33. 4:56PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Early advantage to Tai Tzu Ying. Ying 6-4 Nehwal

    An unforced error from Ying brings back serve to Nehwal. She is starting to get back into the game with Ying committing errors. YING 6-4 Nehwal in first round.

  34. 4:52PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Good start from Tai Tzu Ying!

    It has been a good start from Tai Tzu Ying. She has won the first two points but Nehwal breaks one and gets the serve back. Nehwal 2-1 Ying.

  35. 4:50PM
    14 Mar, 18
    IT IS TIME, SAINA NEHWAL VS TAI TZU YING

    Saina Nehwal gets ready to take on Tai Tzu Ying. Both the player are in the middle and are getting warmed up before the match begins. Nehwal, World No. 11 has to surpass Tai Tzu Ying who is World No. 1 at the moment. That's some tough challenge in front of her.

  36. 3:53PM
    14 Mar, 18
    UPSET!

    UPSET! Massive upset to start the All England Championships. Michelle Li of Canada stuns third seed Ratchanok Intanon 21-15, 14-21, 21-19

  37. 3:11PM
    14 Mar, 18
    INDIANS TODAY

    Indians in action today on Day 1

    Court 1:

    Saina vs Tai Tzu Ying

    Ponnappa/Sikki vs Matsutomo/Takahashi

    Srikanth vs Leverdez

    Attri/Reddy vs Ellis/Langridge

    Court 2

    Jakkampudi/Ram vs Tanaka/Yonemoto

    PV Sindhu vs Chochuwong

    Praneeth vs Son Wan Ho

    Chopra/Reddy vs Seidel/Efler

    Prannoy vs Tien Chen Chou

    Rankireddy/Shetty vs Hoki/Kobayashi

  38. 3:06PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Michelle Li wins opening game

    Canada's Michelle Li wins the opening game 21-15 against Ratchanok Intanon. Staying close in the second game 

  39. 2:58PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Saina Nehwal faces top seed

    Saina Nehwal is unseeded for the this tournament and that has clearly not helped her. In her first game of the Championships, the Indian badminton star faces top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan. In a game that could have been a potential fina, it is the first game

  40. 2:43PM
    14 Mar, 18
    All England Live Score: Saina Nehwal vs Tai Tzu Ying

    Welcome to the coverage of All England Championships! Another top tournament and top Indians are participating in it. Saina Nehwal will open her campaign against top seed Tai Tzu Ying in a tough match. PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy among other Indians are also there