Srikanth, Prannoy into last-eight; Sindhu out

Doug Mendoza
September 22, 2017

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal returned to action following an injury on a promising note as she thrashed Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong in straight games in the opening round of the Japan Open Super Series here on Tuesday.

Okuhara defeated Sindhu with a massive margin in the second set with the final score of 21-18, 21-8, in Tokyo.

Sindhu was beaten in an hour and 50 minutes at the Glasgow World Championship final last month, before winning in a 83-minute contest in Seoul last Sunday.

London Olympics bronze medallist will take on reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the next round.

HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma also advanced to the second round with wins over their respective opponents in men's singles.

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Marin is pitted against the No 2 seed, Akane Yamaguchi, while Okuhara takes on eighth-seeded Beiwen Zhang of the USA in the bottom half of the draw. That second-game effort sapped the Indian's staying powers, and Shi, the 2017 All England runner-up, pulled away after 7-all to take the decider without undue trouble. He will now play against second seed Chinese Shi Yuqi.

8 Srikanthdemolished Hong Kong's Hu Yun 21-12, 21-11 in 29 minutes to make it to the final eight.

US Open Champion H S Prannoy managed to upstage Chinese Taipei's Hsu Jen Hao 21-16 23-21.

Srikanth also produced superlative performance to overcome China's Tian Houwei 21-15, 12-21, 21-11 to improve his 1-6 record against the World No. 10. The two old rivals had not met in over a year but the result remained the same as the Indian succumbed to a 16-21, 13-21 defeat to the Spanish southpaw in 43 minutes.

In the mixed doubles event, the Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also crashed out of the tournament after suffering a 27-29, 21-16, 12-21 defeat against the Indonesia pair of Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto.

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