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Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu sail into Hong Kong 2nd round

PTI
Published : Nov 23, 2017, 3:00 am IST
Updated : Nov 23, 2017, 3:00 am IST

Saina staved off a spirited challenge from world no. 44 Mette Poulsen of Denmark to win 21-19, 23-21 in 46 minutes.

Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu (Photo: PTI)
 Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and H.S. Prannoy progressed to the second round of $400,000 Hong Kong Super Series in Kowloon on Wednesday.

Saina staved off a spirited challenge from world no. 44 Mette Poulsen of Denmark to win 21-19, 23-21 in 46 minutes.

 

World no. 11 Saina, who won bronze at the world championships, next faces eighth seed China’s Chen Yufei, also a Worlds bronze winner.

Second seed Sindhu, went past Hong Kong’s Leung Yuet Yee 21-18, 21-10. She next faces either Japan’s Aya Ohori or Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya.

In the men’s singles, Prannoy survived a scare against Hong Kong’s Hu Yun to win 19-21, 21-17, 21-15 in little over an hour.

The world no. 10 faces Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai, who beat him in the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier semi-finals.

However, Parupalli Kashyap squandered an opening game advantage to go down to 21-15, 9-21, 20-22 to South Korea’s Lee Dong Keun, while Sourabh Verma failed to put up a fight against Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, losing 15-21, 8-21.

 

In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy went down 11-21, 21-19, 19 -21 to China’s Huang Dongping and Li Wenmei.

Prannoy lagged for most part of the opening game even though he took slender leads at 9-8, 13-12 and 16-15. But Hu Yun managed to keep his march in check to pocket the first game.

The Indian produced a better performance in the second, fighting back from 0-5 down to lead 11-8 at the break, going on to win the second game.

In the decider, Hu Yun again jumped to a 5-0 lead but Prannoy narrowed it to 14-12 before reeling off eight straight points to move to the match point, sealing it on his second attempt.   

 

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