Singapore Open: Sindhu, Prannoy, Saina Reach Second Round

P. V. Sindhu, HS Prannoy

Top Indian shuttlers P. V. Sindhu, HS Prannoy and Saina Nehwal advanced to the second round of the Singapore Open 2022 with wins in the first round but Kidambi Srikanth suffered a crushing loss to compatriot Mithun Manjunath on Wednesday.

Sindhu, ranked seventh in the badminton world rankings, was brilliant against Belgium and world number 36 Lian Tan to win the women’s singles match 21-15, 21-11 in 29 minutes.

The two-time Olympic medalist took time to settle down in the match. After the score was tied at 7-all in the first game, the third seeded Indian shuttler found her way and dominated the match from there.

Sindhu will take on Vietnam and world number 59 Thu Linh Nguyen in the second round of the BWF Super 500 badminton tournament on Thursday.

In men’s singles, Mithun Manjunath of India won the match 21-17, 15-21, 21-18 against his high-ranked compatriot Kidambi Srikanth.

Later in the day, Thomas Cup hero HS Prannoy of India defeated Thailand’s Sithikom Thammasin 21-13, 21-16. The 19th-ranked Indian will now face world number four Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei.

London 2012 bronze medalist Saina Nehwal also made it to the second round by defeating Malvika Bansod 21-18, 21-14. But, former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap lost 14-21, 15-21 to fifth seed Jonathan Christie of Indonesia.

On the other hand, Ashmita Chaliha, promoted from the qualifiers, put on a scintillating 21-16, 21-11 win over Thailand and world number 12 Busanan Ongbamrungphan.

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