Hong Kong, Nov 22: Indian shuttlers P.V. Sindhu, Sai Nehwal and H.S. Prannoy advanced to the second round while Parupalli Kashyap and the women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponppa and N. Sikki Reddy fell in the opening round of the Hong Kong Open Superseries on Wednesday.
While second seed Sindhu eased past Hong Kong’s qualifier Leung Yuet Yee 21-18, 21-10, Sai registered a hard-fought 21-19, 23-21 win over Denmark’s Mette Poulsen.
In the next round, Nehwal will face Chen Yufei of Chi while Sindhu will face Aya Ohori of Japan.
In the men’s singles, Prannoy moved into the second round after a 19-21, 21-17, 21-15 win in an hour and one minute over Hong Kong’s Hu Yun. He will now take on Japanese shuttler Kazumasa Sakai.
Kashyap lost 21-15, 9-21, 20-22 to South Korean Lee Dong Keun in an hour and nine minutes.
Sourabh Verma and B. Sai Praneeth too exited the competition, losing to their respective opponents.
Verma lost to Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto 15-21, 8-21 in 30 minutes while Praneeth lost to second seed Son Wan Ho of Japan 8-21, 16-21.
The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini and Sikki fought hard but couldn’t prevent Chi’s Huang Dongping and Li Wenmei from advancing to the next round. The Chinese won 21-11, 19-21, 21-19 in 55 minutes. (IANS)