India’s Kidambi Srikanth made a winning start but PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy suffered reverse defeats in the first round of the Singapore Open Super 750 tournament in Singapore on Tuesday. Srikanth, the 2021 World Championship silver medalist, defeated Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-15 21-19 in the first round of the men’s singles competition. He will face Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hao Lee, who beat Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the opening match after being promoted from the reserves to the main draw.
Orleans Masters winner Priyanshu Rajawat also reached the second round with a 21-12, 21-15 win over Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama. The 21-year-old from Madhya Pradesh will take on Japan’s world no. 4 Kodai Naroka next.
Against world number one Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, defending champion Sindhu fought hard and lost 21-18, 19-21, 17-21 in an hour. The last time the two met was in Thailand last year.
Prannoy, who came into the tournament after winning his maiden BWF title at the Malaysia Masters, could not cope with young Naroka, losing to the third-seeded Japanese 15-21, 19-21 in 56 minutes.
However, the doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila got off to a good start by defeating France’s Lucas Corvey and Ronan Laber 21-16 21-15 in their opening match.
London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal lost to former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 13-21, 15-21, while Akarshi Kashyap lost 21-17, 21-9 to another Thai Supanida Katethong 21-17 21-9.
After recovering from an ankle injury in August last year, Sindhu is slowly getting back to her best form. She had final and semifinal finishes at the Madrid Spain Masters and Malaysia Masters, respectively, but suffered a second straight first-round exit after last week’s first loss at the Thailand Open.
Sindhu, who entered the match with a 14-9 head-to-head win ratio against Yamaguchi, produced another fighting performance as she overcame a 3-5 deficit to take an 8-5 lead and put her nose in front at the break.
After the restart, she successfully broke up a mini fight from Japan to seal the opening game.
However, Yamaguchi established an 8-4 lead after switching sides, then held it until 18-14, winning a dominating battle to return to the match.
In the decider, Yamaguchi looked the clear favorite as it held on to rallies to take an 11-8 lead into the break. She kept her opponent at a distance to close the Indian’s door comfortably.
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