Tenth-seeded Parupalli Kashyap was the biggest Indian casualty on Day 3 of the World Championships at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Wednesday. The Commonwealth Games champion lost 21-17, 13-21, 18-21 to Vietnamese World No. 34 Tien Minh Nguyen.
In contrast, the other Indian men’s singles stars – third seed Kidambi Srikanth and eleventh seed HS Prannnoy advanced without any hassles. In women’s doubles, 2011 bronze medal winners Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa made a winning start to their campaign. But the other women’s doubles pair of Pradnya Gadre/N Sikki Reddy and men’s doubles combine of Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Akshay Dewalkar both crashed out.
Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy sail through
Swiss Open and India Open winner Kidambi Srikanth progressed smoothly into the third round with a 21-14, 21-15 victory over the 24th ranked Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei in 36 minutes.
The third seed will next face the 13th seeded Hu Yun of Hong Kong. The Indian holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over the Hong Kong shuttler.
Similarly, HS Prannoy too posted a comfortable 21-14, 21-19 win over Ugandan Edwin Ekiring in 39 minutes. He has a tough task next as he is up against the seventh-seeded Viktor Axelsen. Prannoy has a 0-2 losing record against the Dane.
Parupalli Kashyap out
In a major blow to the Indian team’s chances, Parupalli Kashyap, who admittedly was in the form of his life, went down in three games in the second round. Before this match, the Indian was tied 4-4 with the Vietnamese player Tien Minh Nguyen in their head-to-head record and their last encounter was in 2012.
On Wednesday, Nguyen prevailed 17-21, 21-13, 21-18 over Kashyap in 1 hour 5 minutes to crush all hopes of the Indian.
Jwala and Ashwini only Indian winning pair of the day
2015 Canada Open winners Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa put up a strong display to enter the third round. They beat the Chinese Taipei duo of Hsieh Pei Chen and Wu Ti Jung 21-10, 21-18 in 24 minutes.
Up next for the 13th seeds is the eighth-seeded Japanese pair of Reika Kakiiwa and Miyuki Maeda.
However, there was no such luck for the other Indian women’s doubles combine of Pradnya Gadre and N Sikki Reddy who lost 17-21, 19-21 to the 14th seeds Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito of Japan. The match duration was 43 minutes.
The men’s doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chora and Akshay Dewalkar too went down 16-21, 12-21 to the 10th seeded Danish pair Mads Conrad-Peterson and Mads Pieler Kolding in 34 minutes.
The Indian challenge thus comes to an end in men’s doubles.
Women’s singles second seed Saina Nehwal will play her opening match later in the day.