Mixed results on day 1 for India as most of the results came as expected. All the higher ranked players won their matches. Prannoy was the only exception. Indian World No. 12 upset 8th seeded Chou Tien Chen of Taipei. Srikanth had a tough match and came really strong after loosing first game 7-21. Sai Praneeth in the other match, came close to upsetting 4th seed Son Wan Ho.
Sai Praneeth B. (IND,14)
lost 21-13, 15-21, 11-21
(5) Son Wan Ho (KOR,4)
Prannoy H. S. (IND,12)
beat 9-21, 21-18, 21-18
(8) Chou Tien Chen (TPE,8)
(3) Kidambi Srikanth (IND,3)
beat 7-21, 21-14, 22-20
Brice Leverdez (FRA,23)
Saina had the most difficult draw. She was facing Tai Tzu Ying in the first round itself. Tai Tzu won comfortably in straight games. Sindhu on the other hand was up against World No. 22, Pornpawee Chochuwong. Sindhu’s game went on getting better and better as the match proceeded.
Saina Nehwal (IND,11)
lost 14-21, 18-21
(1) Tai Tzu Ying (TPE,1)
(4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4)
beat 20-22, 21-17, 21-9
Pornpawee Chochuwong (THA,22)
Next Round: (4) Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND,4) vs Nitchaon Jindapol (THA,12)
Mix results in Men’s Doubles. Manu-Sumeeth lost to British pair but young Indian pair, Satwik-Chirag are in to the second round with comfortable straight games win.
Next Round: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND)/ Chirag Shetty (IND) vs Mathias Boe (DEN)/ Carsten Mogensen (DEN)
Both Indian Women’s pairs lost their matches in straight sets. Japanese pairs were all over the court proving their dominance. India’s best, Ashwini and Sikki were against World No. 2. Not a great result for India from Doubles court.
Sikki-Prannav won in straight sets against German pair. In second round they are up against 2nd seeded Chinese pair. All England Open is all about playing against World leaders and here is a chance for Indian pair to prove themselves.
Next Round: Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/ N. Sikki Reddy (IND) vs (2) Yilyu Wang (CHN)/ Dongping Huang (CHN)