All England Open: Nehwal knocked out, Sindhu and Srikanth progresses

Paola Ditto
Marzo 15, 2018

India suffered a poor start as Saina Nehwal lost her game against top seed Tai Tzu Ying in her first-round game.

Sindhu, on the other hand, blew a 11-4 advantage in the opening game as Pornpawee fought back to catch up with the Indian at 14-14.

Sindhu had early jitters as she conceded the first game after a tough fight, but clawed back in the next two without giving any chance to the Thai shuttler for a comeback. The world number four Sindhu will face Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol, who defeated USA's Beiwen Zhang 21-18, 21-14, in the second round.

Praneeth surprised Son Wan Ho by clinching the first game 21-13 but the fifth seed Korean staved off challenge posed by the Indian player easily and won the next two games 21-15, 21-11 to make into the second round. However, Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the pre-quarterfinals after beating Frenchman Brice Leverdez 7-21, 21-14, 22- 21 in the first round. The only other person to have won the title here was Prakash Padukone (1980). Leverdez continued where he left after the interval and wrapped the game 21-7.

He looked more aggressive and his approach earned him dividends as he forced the match into decider after winning 21-14.

In the third game, Srikanth was comfortably placed at 11-6 but Leverdez made fantastic recovery to make it 12-12. But the game after the interval saw a gruelling battle as Srikanth and Leverdez kept exchanging points one after the another. Saina managed to level 10-10 with a precise cross court return from the back of the court but Tai Tzu went into the break with a slender one- point lead. Saina then unleashed a brutal smash to enter the break with three point advantage.

In the second game, Saina showed better control as she opened up a 3-1 lead and soon made it 10-7 with Tai suffering a mid-game slump with unforced errors. Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy registered the straight games 21-19, 21-13 victory over Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler of Germany in the mixed doubles first round.

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