A relatively small Indian contingent has made way to China for the Chinese Taipei Open, only four Indian players. The Indian badminton team is without star players, Saina Nehwal and Jwala Gutta, both of whom had tasted success in the tournament back in 2008 and 2009. However that did not stop the Indians from having a good day.
India has a strong contingent and can keep its hope alive for a third success story in the Championships this year with World No. 3 Kidambi Srikanth playing in the Men’s singles. Srikanth has not been in good form since his victory at the Indian Open Superseries in March, succumbing to consecutive second round exits ever-since.
The star shuttler eased past the World No. 47 Tzu Wei Wang in the first round of the tournament and would hope to break his second round jinx as he faces Indonesia’s Ihsan Maulana Mustofa, who was quick to finish his game in just under thirty minutes. However, breaking the jinx should not be very tough for the Indian as his Indonesian counterpart is ranked 78 in the world.
Tough Clashes in Round 2 at Chinese Taipei Open
Other Indian players in the tournament Sameer Verma and P V Sindhu also managed to emerge victorious in their first round matches only to set-up tough clashes in the second round. Sameer Verma will now face World No. 1 Chen Long, while P V Sindhu will be up against a familiar opponent in the Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying who is ranked 5th in the world.
Sindhu would like this opportunity to settle terms against the home player who leads 2-1 in their head to head encounters.
In other events, India’s R M V Gurusaidutt lost his match to Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito in straight sets 23-21 and 21-17. The opening day also saw a major upset as eleventh ranked China’s Tian Houwei lost to Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting in straight sets.
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