Japan Open: Solid starts by PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal

Japan Open: Solid starts by PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal

Japan Open: Solid starts by PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal

The see-saw of win and lose continues between fierce rivals PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara as the local favourite defeated Indian ace in the second round match of Japan Open on Thursday.

It was reported that PV Sindhu could perform well and lost the game with 18-21, 8-21.

London Games bronze medallist Saina too squandered a lead and went down 16-21, 13-21 to Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain, seeded fifth. The World No. 4 sets up a second round face off with World Champion Nozomi Okuhara for the third time in last three tournaments.

Prannoy raced to an early lead in the first game and before Hao could crawl back the Indian wrapped the game in style.

With Nehwal's defeat, India's challenge in women's singles event also folded.

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Although the Indian pair comfortably won the second game to force the decider, the Indonesians were far too good as Ashwini and Satwik found the going tough to surrender the match.

Eighth-seeded Kidambi had it very easy against the tricky Hu Yun of Hong Kong, who is ranked 27th.

On other courts of the stadium, while Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy notched straight-game victories to enter the last eight of men's singles, Sameer Verma had to bite the dust in the second round. The top half features Aya Ohori (who fortuitoMausly took the place of top-seeded Tai Tzu Ying, a last-minute withdrawal as a result of a shoulder injury) versus unseeded Chinese Chen Yufei, conqueror of seventh-seeded Thai, Ratchanok Intanon; and another unranked Japanese, Sayaka Takahashi against sixth-seeded Chinese He Bingjiao. On the day he achieved his career-best ranking of 21, Sameer could not hold on to his good start against the second-seeded Shi Yuqi and went down 21-10, 17-21, 15-21 in a marathon 65-minute second round contest.

But curtains came down on the campaign of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who bowed out 27-29, 21-16, 12-21 in a gruelling encounter with the fourth seeds Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto.

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