China Open 2018 Highlights:
- Sindhu won 21-15, 21-13
- Nehwal lost 22-20, 8-21, 14-21 against Hyun
- Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy won 13-21, 21-13, 21-12
- Ponnappa and Rankireddy won 21-13,20-22, 21-17
India’s campaign at the USD 1 million China Open 2018 began in good style with PV Sindhu winning her women’s singles match 21-15, 21-13. This was followed up by men’s double’s pair Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy winning 13-21, 21-13 and 21-12 and mixed double’s pair Ashwini Ponnappa and Rankireddy winning 21-13,20-22, 21-17. The only blip of the day came when India’s first China Open winner Saina Nehwal crashed out of the tournament with a 22-20, 8-21, 14-21 defeat against Hyun.
Looking to make amends for a poor Japan Open, the Indian badminton fraternity put in some good performances on the opening day of the China Open 2018. Winning their matches with ease saw India register victories in three of the four matches they played in the World Tour Super 1000 tournament.
India’s best badminton player and world no.3 PV Sindhu won her opening round match after defeating World No. 39 Saina Kawakami of Japan 21-15, 21-13 in the opening round at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium. It was a straightforward victory for Sindhu who boasted a skill set far more superior than Kawakami. Decimating her opponent in straight sets, Sindhu put in a dominating performance.
The first set saw Sindhu hardly troubled but the trend changed in the second with Kawakami clawing back from a 6-0 deficit. Putting in an incredible effort, Kawakami managed to lead 8-10 at one point before Sindhu regained her calm and poise to hit back and go into the interval with an 11-9 lead. That moment defined the match with Kawakami suffering a major dent in confidence to lose 21-13.
The surprise result of the day for the Indians came in Saina Nehwal crashing out in her opener itself. The Indian who has endured a tough year on the court continued her slump with a 22-20, 8-21, 14-21 loss to Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun in a 48-minute opener.
The opening game was the only high point of the match for Nehwal who was outshone and outperformed by Hyun. Avenging her close 22-20 first game loss, Hyun walked all over Nehwal in the second to win 8-21 and backed it up with another superb effort in the third to win 14-21.
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