India Open 2018: Saina, Sindhu Win Opening Games

India Open 2018 Saina, Sindhu Win Opening Games

 

Day Highlights:

  • Saina defeated Denmark’s Sofie Holmboe Dahl 21-15, 21-9
  • Sindhu won 21-10, 21-13
  • Prannoy lost 4-21, 6-21 after playing with a foot injury

It was a good day for India at this year’s first open event with ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu winning their opening games easily. Both women advanced through to the next round of the India Open after defeating their Dutch Opponents. It was however a disappointing exit for Prannoy who exited the tournament due to corn in his feet which prevented him from showing a good fight against fellow countryman Shreyash Jaiswal.

 

Top seed PV Sindhu showed why she deserves to be ranked as the best player in the tournament as she swept apart Danish girl Natalia Koch Rohde 21-10, 21-13. It was an easy victory for the Indian who won in straight sets and hardly broke a set throughout the match. Defending champion Sindhu will take on Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri in the next round. It was a good day for the women as Saina Nehwal too cruised past her opponent from Denmark. She faced a tough fight from her opponent in the first set who matched her blow for blow before Nehwal’s class outshone her opponent’s grit to take the first set. A tired and demolished Dane was absent in the second half and succumbed easily to hand over an easy win to Nehwal. Defeating Sofie Holmboe Dahl 21-15, 21-9, Nehwal now faces Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt. In the women’s event, if the two Indian stars live up to their billing and continue their fine run they can well run into each other in the final of the 350,000$ event.

 

It was a mixed day in the men’s department for the host nation as World No.10 had to hand over his match to Jaiswal 4-21,6-21 after suffering corn in his feet during the match. It was a good day for Srikanth who returned to the top fold after being out due to an injury.He overcame Malaysia’s Lee Cheuk Yiu 21-17, 21-18 to set up a clash with Malaysian qualifier Iskandar Zulkarnain.

 

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