Indian’s disappointing show in Hong Kong Open Super Series
It was a disappointing first day for the Indian shuttler’s in Hong Kong Super Series. None of the Indians qualified for the second round as men’s singles K Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram and HS Prannoy were knocked out, in women’s section the doubles pair of Jwala Gutta/ Ashwini Ponappa and sole singles player PV Sindhu too were knocked out.
In the men’s singles, K Srikanth took on Tien Huwei. In the first game Tien Huwei started off aggressively taking the lead from the start and never allowed K Srikanth to come back into the match, winning the first game 21-16. In the second game K Srikanth made an excellent comeback as he took 11-6 lead at the interval.
After the interval K Srikanth continued to dominate the Chinese player and maintained the lead in the entire game finally won the second game 21-15. In the deciding set Tien started off on attacking note taking a 4-0 lead but K Srikanth gave a tough fight as it was a neck to neck battle as both players fought and took alternate points till 21-21. At 21-21 Tien took a point but K Srikanth saved one match point. Tien then took 2 points in succession to win the third set 24-22.
In second match Jayaram took on Chen Long. In the first game Chen Long began off to a great start taking the lead but Jayaram gave a fight to Chen Long who won the first set 21-17. In the second game Chen Long began off to great start taking a 4-0 lead and continued to dominate Ajay Jayaram. At the interval Chen Long led 11-1. After the interval Jayaram tried to come back into the match but Chen Long was too strong for him. Chen Long won the second set 21-12 and game 21-17, 21-12.
HS Prannoy took on Nishimoto of Japan. In the first game Nishimoto began off to a positive start taking a early lead and was 11-7 at the interval. After the interval Nishimoto continued to dominate and won the first game 21-15. In the second game HS Prannoy came back strongly and really not only put the pressure on the Japanese opponent but also won the second game 21-18. In the deciding game Nishimoto dominated the game and never allowed HS Prannoy to come back into the match and won the third set 21-6 easily.
In the women’s singles PV Sindhu took on world champion Carolina Marin. In the first game PV Sindhu started off to a positive note taking an early 5-3 lead. Carolina Marin came back into the match and took an 11-9 lead by the interval. After the interval Marin dominated PV Sindhu and won the first set 21-17. In the second game also Carolina Marin began aggressively and took the lead right from the start. At the interval she led 11-5. After the interval Carolina Marin continued to dominate PV Sindhu, and had a commanding 14-7 lead to finally win the second game 21-9 and the match in tow straight sets
In women’s doubles Jwala Gutta/ Ponappa took on Jung and Shin of Korea. In the first game the Korean pair dominated the Indian pair, playing some excellent badminton were sitting comfortable at 11-5 lead at the interval. After the interval the Korean pair made light work of Indian pair and won the first set 21-12. In the second game the Korean continued to dominate and won the set 21-15 and the match in to two straight sets. Indians could not offer any resistance.
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