he main draw of the 2014 Hong Kong Open badminton kicked off on Wednesday, November 19 at the Hong Kong Coliseum in Kowloon. 3rd seed Saina Nehwal and 7th seed PV Sindhu advanced to the next round of the women’s singles while K. Srikanth moved ahead in the men’s category. Other top players like Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa and Parupalli Kashyap lost the first round in close games. Here is a detailed report on how the Indian shuttlers fared on day 1 of the main draw:
1. K. Srikanth bt Chou Tien Chen (Taiwan) 18-21, 22-20, 21-16
2. Ajay Jayaram lost to Chen Long (China) 21-13, 21-7
3. Parupalli Kashyap lost to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand) 16-21, 21-17, 21-14
4. RMV Gurusaidutt lost to Sho Sasaki (Japan) 21-15, 15-21, 22-20
Manu Attri and Sumedh Reddy B lost to Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia) 21-15, 21-17
1.PV Sindhu bt Busanan Ongbumrungpan (Thailand) 15-21, 21-16, 19-21
2.Saina Nehwal bt Jamie Subandhi (USA) 21-17, 21-11
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost to Lee Meng Yean and Yin Loo Lim (Malaysia) 16-21, 21-14, 23-21.
In the next round, Sindhu will face Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Saina will be up against another American opponent, Beiwin Zhang. In men’s singles, Srikanth will play against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand. All these matches will be played on Thursday, November 20.
The Hong Kong open Badminton will be played between November 18 and 23. Follow www.sportsrediscovered.com for all updates on the tournament.