PV Sindhu wins over Sayaka Takahashi; while HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth through to 2nd round of Japan Open
India’s P.V. Sindhu will face Sayaka Takahashi in the first match of the Japan Open.
Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu had to toil hard even as Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy scored simple triumphs to advance to the second round of their separate occasions at the Japan Open, on Tuesday.
Third seed Sindhu needed to sweat it out for 53 minutes before winning 21-17 7 21-13 over unseeded young neighborhood Sayaka Takahashi in her women’s singles opening round.
Sindhu will next play Chinese Fangjie Gao, who crushed the other Indian in fray Jakka Vaishnavi Reddy 21-10 21-8.
Sindhu has been extraordinary with silver decorations in all the significant occasions this year – The Commonwealth Games, The World Championship and The Asian Games yet the gold has been evading the Indian for a while now.
In men’s singles, Prannoy defeated current Asian Games gold medallist, Jonathan Christie of Indonesia 21-18 21-17.
While Srikanth showed signs of improvement of Chinese Yuxiang Huang 21-13 21-15 in another first-round match.
Prannoy will be up against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia in the second round.
Srikanth will go up against Vincent Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong.