China Open 2019: Praneeth keeps Indian challenge alive after Kashyap, Sindhu crash out

first_imgWorld Championships bronze medalist Sai Praneeth is the lone Indian remaining in the fray at China Open BWF Super 1000 tournament after big names from the country crashed out on Thursday.Sai Praneeth, unseeded in the prestigious tournament, defeated lower-ranked local shuttler Lu Guang Zu 21-19, 21-19 to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals. World No. 15 Praneeth had opened his campaign with a three-game marathon against Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand on Wednesday.Sai Praneeth will face 7th seed Anthony Ginting of Indonesia in the quarter-final on Friday. Praneeth, who headed into the tournament on the back of winning a bronze medal in August’s World Championships in Basel, had beaten Ginting in straight games in their latest meeting — Round of 16 at the world meet.Anthony Ginting progressed to the quarter-final after edging past Parupalli Kashyap in the Round of 16 match on Thursday. Kashyap, who had eased past Brice Leverdez on Wednesday, came up with a stiff fight only to go down 21, 23, 21-15, 12-21 to the World No. 9 in an hour and 10 minutes.World Champion Sindhu ousted in 2nd roundEarlier in the day, China Open witnessed the biggest upset so far when PV Sindhu crashed out as early as the second round. The reigning world champion had outclassed former Olympic champion Li Xuerui in straight games on Wednesday but fell to a spirited effort from World No. 15 Porpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.World No. 5 Sindhu clinched the first game comfortably but failed to keep the momentum going. She eventually lost the 2nd-round match 21-12, 13-21, 19-21 in 58 minutes.advertisementDisappointing day for doubles shuttlersThere was disappointment in the doubles campaign as well as India’s top-ranked men’s doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost their 2nd-round match in straight games to 4th seeds Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan on Thursday.Satwik and Ashwini Ponnappa went down in the mixed doubles second round to Japanese pairing of Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo 11-21, 21-16, 12-21.India’s women’s doubles pair of Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy were ousted in the 2nd round as well. The duo was blown away 12-21, 17-21 by 2nd seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan.Earlier on Wednesday, London Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal suffered a first-round exit from China Open after a straight-game loss to Busanan Ongbamrunphan of Thailand.Also See:last_img

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