The Indian shuttlers had a great day on the first day of French Open Super Series. In the men’s section HS Prannoy, P Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram progressed into the second round while K Srikanth was out in the first round. In women’s section, Saina Nehwal and doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Jwala Gutta progressed into the next round. However, PV Sindhu, the Demark Open runner-up was out in the first round itself.

In women’s singles, Saina Nehwal took on Michelle Li in the first round. In the first game, Michelle started well taking a 4-2 lead. She continued to dominate and took a 7-5 lead. Saina Nehwal came back and leveled the score at 7-7. Saina Nehwal continued her aggression and took the lead for the first time at 10-8, but soon Li fought back to level at 10-10. At the interval, Saina led 11-10. After the interval, both players fought for each point. Li took a 14-13 lead before Saina Nehwal came back and took a 15-14 lead. From 16-16 Saina took 3 successive points for 19-16. Finally, she took the first game 21-18. In the second game, Saina Nehwal took a 2-1 lead. She dominated the game and continued to take successive points. At the interval, Saina led 11-5. After the interval, Saina never allowed her opponent a chance and won the game 21-13 comfortably and thus the match in two straight games.

PV Sindhu took on Wang of China. Both players started well taking alternate points to equal at 4-4. Wang then took 5 successive points to take a 9-5 lead. At the interval, Wang led 11-5. After the interval, Wang continued to dominate PV Sindhu and won the first game 21-10 easily. In the second game, Wang continued to dominate on Sindhu and took a 7-3 lead. At the interval, Wang led 11-6. After the interval, she played excellent badminton and did not allow PV Sindhu to come back in the game and won the game 21-11 and the match in two straight games. The Denmark open runner-up was no match to the Chinese.

 

 

In men’s singles, P Kashyap played against Rouxel of France. In the first game, both players were neck to neck as the score was tied at 6-6. Kashyap stepped up his game and took a 10-6 lead. At the interval, the Indian player led 11-8. After the interval, Kashyap raced on and won the first game 21-11. In the second game, Kashyap took a 3-0 lead but Rouxel came back to reduce the margin to 4-5. At 5-4 Kashyap took 3 successive points but Rouxel fought hard and reversed to a 9-8 lead. But Kashyap managed to lead 11-10 at the interval. After the interval, both players took alternate points to level the score at 12-12. Kashyap took 3 successive points to take a 15-12 lead and continued until 18-13 lead. Then French men came back to reduce the gap and level at 18-18. Then both of them took a2 points each to level again the score at 20-20. Kashyap won the next 2 points in succession and won the game 22-20.

In the second men’s singles match K Srikanth lost to Tien of China in three games 15-21, 21-13 and 11-21. In the first game, the Chinese player dominated and did not allow Srikanth to come back in the match and won the first game 21-15.In the second game, Srikanth revived his game strongly to win the game at 21-13. In the third set, the Chinese player outplayed Srikanth and won the set 21-11 to knock Srikanth out of the tournament.

In third men’s singles match, HS Prannoy played against Lin Dan. The first game was a close fight as both players took alternate points to equal the score at 6-6. Lin Dan took four successive points in a row for a 10-6 lead and maintained the lead throughout the game and won the first game comfortably at 21-14. In the second game, Prannoy fought back snatching the fight and dominated Lin Dan winning the second game at 21-11 with similar comfort. In the deciding game, Prannoy took a commanding 7-0 lead right at the start. Lin Dan came back strongly into the match winning 15 out of 23 points to equal the score at 15-15.  Then Indian player paid back in the same coin winning 6 out of 7 points to win the third game 21-17.

Ajay Jayaram played against Vittinghus of Denmark. In the first game, both players started well taking alternate points to equal at 4-4 before Jayaram went into a slender lead of 8-7. But Vittinghus improved his stroke play and at the interval lead 11-10. After the interval, Jayaram played some excellent shots and placements to hold his nerve winning the first game 21-18. In the second game both players again started on equal footing to take alternate points to level the score at 5-5. Then Ajay Jayaram took an 11-9 lead at the interval. After the interval, Jayaram was leading 14-10 but the Denmark player came back and equaled the score at 15-15. Vittignhus continued to show his class after interval too and won the second game 21-18. In the third game, Jayaram started well taking a 6-5 lead and continued to dominate the Danish player to race for a lead of 11-6 at the interval. After the interval, Vittignhus came back strongly and equaled the score at 16-16. Jayaram held his nerve, pushed himself and won the third game 21-18 and the match to progress into the second round.

In women’s doubles Jwala, Gutta/ Ponappa took on Thai pair of Kititharakhul and Rawinda. In the first game, the Indian pair began well taking a 7-3 lead. The Thailand pair came back to reduce the gap. At the interval, the Indian pair led 11-10. After the interval, the Indian pair dominated and won the first game 21-15. In the second game, the Thai pair began on a positive note taking a 5-3 lead before Gutta/ Ashwini came back and equaled the score at 6-6. The Indian pair did not allow Thai pair to come back into the match and won the second game 21-13 easily.