It has not been a great outing for the Indian contingent at the Hong Kong Open badminton. The likes of PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and the pair of Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponappa along with others crashed out of the Hong Kong Open in the first round of play. India’s top woman shuttler Saina Nehwal opted out of the tournament.
Sindhu, Jayaram fell victim to top seeded players
As the draws were declared, Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram had the toughest competition as they went up against the respective top seed of the women’s and men’s singles.
Sindhu went down to Carolina Marin in straight games losing 21-17, 21-9. Sindhu showed some resistance early in the first game but she lost her focus later in the second game to hand over a comfortable victory for her top seeded opponent.
On the other hand, Ajay Jayaram went up against China’s Chen Long. He managed to stay on the court for 40 minutes losing in straight games 21-17, 21-12.
Other Indian players failed to enter 2nd round of Hong Kong Open
Men’s sixth seed Kidambi Srikanth played Houwei Tian of China. The Indian did well to hold his Chinese opponent for an hour and 13 minutes in a hard-fought game. Tian took the first game 21-16 and Srikanth made a comeback in the second game winning 21-15. The final game between the two ended up in a tie breaker and Srikanth could not get past the line this time as Tian took the match away 21-16, 15-21, 24-22.
Next to go was the top Indian women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa. The duo lasted only a mere 31 minutes on the court during their first round match.
HS Prannoy faced Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in an hour-long battle which eventually ended in the Japanese’s favour. The game was a bit similar to Srikanth’s game earlier in the day but Prannoy failed to offer any resistance in the final game. He lost 21-15, 18-21, 21-6.