While most Indian players dealt with the knock-out blow, PV Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram beat seeded opponents to enter the second round.
PV Sindhu defeats 3rd seed Ratchanok Intanon
In the absence of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu took over the command in the women’s singles for India, and her performance against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon was nothing short of remarkable.
After a first round exit in Japan, Sindhu came well determined to Korea and won her first round. Defeating the third seed, Sindhu sent across a message to all competitors to be wary of the Indian.
The match between the two top players resulted in more than an hour of exhilarating action, and PV Sindhu finally tasted victory, winning the match 21-19, 21-23 and 21-13.
PV Sindhu next goes up against Sayaka Takahashi from Japan.
Ajay Jayaram leads the chase for men’s singles
Ajay Jayaram was drawn to Viktor Axelsen and most would have thought it would be a routine victory for the Dane. However, Jayaram pulled a spectacular game and defeated Axelsen in straight sets 21-15 and 21-15.
This resulted in the second major upset caused by an Indian in the first round of the Korea Open.
Jayaram will next face 29th ranked Vincent Wong and will look to continue his stellar form in the tournament.
Hard fought losses for Indians
Parupalli Kashyap failed to repeat his good performances from Japan and lost to Hong Kong’s Wei Nan in tough three sets 21-17, 16-21 and 18-21, while top ranked Indian men’s badminton player Kidambi Srikanth lost to Tian Houwei 12-21, 21-13 and 21-17.
HS Prannoy too went down fighting against 7th seed Chou Tien Chen.
Women’s doubles pair of Pradnya Gadre and Sikki Reddy suffered a 24-26 and 9-21 loss at the hands of Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito of Japan.