Indian Open | Saina advances; Sugiarto’s departure could help India’s prospects

Indian Open |  Saina advances;  Sugiarto’s departure could help India’s prospects

Trailing 0-1 in the second game, Tereza Svabikova of the Czech Republic withdrew due to excruciating back pain.

Saina Nehwal, understandably rusty, battled for one game point to clinch the only complete game of her season opener in badminton at the $ 400,000 Indian Open here on Wednesday.

Fourth-seeded Saina didn’t have much to do after rallying from 19-20 against Tereza Svabikova to win 22-20. Trailing 0-1 in the second game, the Czech Republic player withdrew due to excruciating back pain.

Saina, ranked 25th, was happy to practice seriously against an opponent ranked at a distant 142. Despite leading 7-2 and 16-10, Saina couldn’t stop her opponent from catching at 17th and then advancing for one point three times to reach game point Saina got out of the box with a smart net game and scored the last two points to take the game.

After the game, Saina said: “For me, the practice of the game is missing. He was giving me a good fight, but unfortunately he got injured. ” Saina revealed that she started training just a week ago after dealing with a right knee problem that forced her to miss the World Championship in December.

At KD Jadhav Hall, where the first round matches ended after two days of action, the percentage of an already large Indian presence in the men’s singles improved after Lakshya Sen, HS Prannoy and Mithun Manjunath advanced at the expense of the foreign rivals. .

Furthermore, the surprise loss of the seventh seeded and 28th seed and bronze medalist in the 2014 world championship, Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia to Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia, 60th seed, has illuminated the possibility that an Indian will be in the final. .

In women’s doubles, second-seeded Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy unexpectedly lost a game to their young compatriots Janani Ananthakumar and Divya R. Balasubramanian.

After the withdrawal of the top seeds, Ashwini and Sikki are expected to win the title in a very weak field, full of inexperienced local combinations.

For the second seeds in the men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, the passage was smooth against Ravi and Chirag Arora. However, the seventh seeds Krishna Prasad and Vishunuvardhan Goud lost.

Important First Round Results (Indians unless otherwise noted):

Men: Mithun Manjunath bt Arnaud Merkle (Fra) 21-16, 15-21, 21-10; HS Prannoy against Pablo Abian (Esp) 21-14, 21-17; Lakshya Sen bt Adham Hatem Elgamal (Egy) 21-15, 21-7; Ng Tze Yong (Mas) vs. Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 21-16, 14-21, 21-5; Nihat Nguyen (Ire) vs. Ajay Jayaram 19-21, 21-7, 21-14; (Doubles): Hee Hong Kai Terry and Loh Kean Hean (Sgp) bt Krishna Prasad and Vishnuvardhan Goud 21-16, 21-16; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty against Ravi and Chirag Arora 21-14, 21-10.

Women: Akarshi Kashyap bt Anura Prabhudesai 21-14, 21-14; Malvika Bansod against Samiya Imad Farooqui 21-18, 21-9; Saina Nehwal vs Tereza Svabikova (Czech) 22-20, 1-0 (retired); (Doubles): Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy against Janani Ananthakumar and Divya R. Balasubramanian 21-7, 19-21, 21-13.

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