The opening day of the Denmark Open was a rewarding one for the Indian fans. Women’s top seed Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu managed comfortable victories. On the other hand, Kidambi Srikanth and the pair of Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri, progressed to the next round.
Comfortable victories for India at Denmark Open
Apart from Saina Nehwal’s three setter, other Indian shuttlers managed comfortable victories in straight games. Saina faced Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungphan in the opener. She faced a tough time in the opening game and just about managed to win it 23-21 in an even contest. Busanan made a strong comeback in the second set defeating the Indian with a margin of 7 points.
Down to the final set, Saina proved why she’s the world no. 1, taking the deciding game to advance to the second round.
PV Sindhu faced Maria Febe Kusumastuti of Indonesia. Sindhu managed a comfortable victory 21-13, 21-11. Srikanth was up against Dutch Open champion Ajay Jayaram, and ousted his compatriot in straight sets.
In the doubles arena, the pair of Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri overcame their English counterparts Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge.
Preview round 2
Saina will next face Japan’s Minatsu Mitani. While PV Sindhu has the toughest fixture of the day among Indians going up against the third seed Tzu Ying Tai.
And Kidambi Srikanth is set to play Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto.
The golden women’s pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa were the first Indian casualty at the Denmark Open. The duo was followed by Parupalli Kashyap, Ajay Jayaram and HS Prannoy.