The opening day had mixed results in stock for the Indian contingent in Japan. Top singles shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made a comfortable entry into the next round, while the pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Jwala Gutta met shock defeats in the opening round of Japan Open.
Indian singles excels on day 1 of Japan Open
Shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy had a comfortable outing on the first day as they sailed past their opponents in straight sets.
Saina faced Thailand’s Busanan in the first round of women’s singles. The second seed took the first set comfortable at 21-14. However, the Indian faced stiff competition from her opponent in the second set, but it was fairly shortlived, as Saina concentrated on her game winning it 22-20. Saina will next face Japan’s Minatsu Mitani, who defeated PV Sindhu in the opener.
Srikanth and Prannoy faced some competition during their first round match. However, eventually the result was in favour of the Indians.
On the other hand, Parupalli Kashyap was involved in one of the shortest matches in badminton as his opponent Takumi Ueda retired from the game in just two minutes of play.
Kashyap will next play Srikanth in the second round.
Gutta-Ponappa pair eliminated
In a shock defeat for India, the pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Jwala Gutta suffered an early loss against China’s Zhao and Zhong pair in a tough three set encounter. Also, PV Sindhu suffered a hard-fought defeat in the opener that lasted an hour.