Indian hopes in the Indonesian Open Badminton were kept alive after world no. 1 Saina Nehwal and world no. 14 P. Kashyap made it to the second round.
Good Day for India at the Indonesian Open
Saina faced off against Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand in the first round. She won by the score of 21-16, 21-18 in a match that lasted just 35 minutes. Elsewhere, Parupalli Kashyap of India made it to the second round as well, when he defeated Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk by a score of 21-17, 21-7. His match lasted just 29 minutes and Kashyap will now face fifth seeded Wan Ho Son of South Korea.
Bad News for PV Sindhu
While Saina and Kashyap advanced, PV Sindhu bowed out of the tournament in the first round. She gave a tough fight to Chinese Taipei’s Ya Ching Hsu. The match ended with a score line of 21-6, 15-21, 14-21 in favour of Hsu. Hsu will now have to lock horns with Saina Nehwal in the second round, with the winner getting a spot in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Elsewhere, Kidambi Srikanth will start off his campaign soon in the tournament alongside the doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa. Srikanth will face Hans Kristian Vittin of Denmark, while the girls will have to fight it out against Ya Ching Hsu and Yu Po Pai of Chinese Taipei.