Srikanth registered a hard-fought victory over Brice Leverdez of France within the opening spherical whereas Sindhu, TOISA 2018 Badminton participant of the 12 months, additionally needed to sweat exhausting to eke out 20-22, 21-17, 21-9 win over Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong. Saina suffered a straight-game defeat in opposition to World No. 1 and defending champion Tai Tzu-Ying.
Sindhu blew 11-Four benefit within the opening recreation as Pornpawee fought again to meet up with the Indian at 14-14. She went to the 20-18 recreation level benefit earlier than Sindhu clawed again however ultimately it was the Thai participant who pocketed the sport.
Jolted by the reversal, Sindhu surged to a 14-6 and 15-7 lead within the subsequent two video games and did not lose management regardless of some spirited struggle by Pornpawee. The world quantity 4 Sindhu will face Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol, who defeated USA’s Beiwen Zhang 21-18, 21-14, within the second spherical.
Praneeth shocked Son Wan Ho by clinching the primary recreation 21-13 however the fifth seed Korean staved off problem posed by the Indian participant with ease and gained the following two video games 21-15, 21-11 to make into the second spherical.
TOISA 2018 Sportsperson of the 12 months Srikanth had endured a troublesome first spherical outing in opposition to Leverdez earlier than rising victorious 7-21, 21-14, 22-20 within the match that lasted nearly an hour.
The third seed Srikanth, who gained 4 Tremendous Sequence titles, was greatly surprised by the Frenchman within the first recreation. Srikanth started with the quite a few errors that handed Leverdez a 5-Zero lead within the first recreation. The Indian failed to seek out his rhythm and went to the break trailing 5-11. Leverdez continued the place he left after the interval and wrapped the sport 21-7.
Srikanth modified the gears within the second recreation and headed into the break with 11-5 lead. He carried on along with his good work and compelled the match into the decider by profitable the second recreation 21-14.
Srikanth began off the final recreation in the identical method main 11-6 on the break. However the recreation after the interval noticed a gruelling battle as Srikanth and Leverdez stored exchanging factors one after the one other. The World quantity three Srikanth used all his expertise and held his nerve to carve out a combating win in opposition to Leverdez.
Earlier, Saina misplaced the competition in straight video games 14-21, 18-21 in 38 minutes to the defending champion.
Going through the top-ranked participant within the lung opener was at all times going to be a troublesome one and Saina began on the again foot to path Four-9 early within the first recreation. Saina fought again brilliantly to stage it at 10-10, earlier than going to mid-game break 10-11.
The match went on with service exchanging for each level until 14-14, earlier than Tai broke by way of by profitable seven consecutive factors to wrap the opening recreation 21-14 in 16 minutes.
Saina began the second recreation on a optimistic be aware and led the proceedings from the start. She went into the break with three-point benefit at 11-Eight. Saina then prolonged the result in 16-11, however Tai quickly made it 15-16 by way of 4 consecutive factors. After that Saina misplaced the lead at 17-18, for the primary time within the recreation, and Tai made positive that it didn’t slip away as she gained the second recreation 21-18.
In ladies’s doubles, India’s Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha Ram misplaced 14-21, 11-21 to fifth seed Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto of Japan of their opening spherical match.
India suffered one other defeat in ladies’s doubles as Ashwini Ponappa and Sikki Reddy went down 14-21, 13-21 in opposition to second seed Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan within the first spherical.
Indian males’s doubles duo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy bowed out of the match after shedding 20-22, 12-21 to Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England within the first spherical.
Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy registered the straight video games 21-19, 21-13 victory over Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler of Germany within the blended doubles first spherical.