Olympic Silver Medalist PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy won their women’s and men’s singles match respectively to advanced into the second round of the Hong Kong Open 2019 after the former world number one Saina Nehwal got knocked out in the first round.
PV Sindhu kicked off her tournament on a positive note as she beat Korea’s Kim Ga Eun 21-15, 21-16 in the first round. The match that lasted for 36 minutes saw the Indian dominate Kim as she took a 4 points lead early in the match.
However, the Korean fought back to hold a one point lead over Sindhu at the break. The World championship gold medalist then made a quick comeback as she peeled off six points when the score read 13-13 to seal the opening game 21-15.
In the second game, the story remained the same as Sindhu scored 7 consecutive points to take a massive 12-5 lead. The Korean never looked settled as Sindhu drew curtains to Kim’s campaign. Sindhu will be up against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the quarters.
In the men’s singles, H.S. Prannoy advanced to the quarterfinals with a straight game victory over China’s Huang Yu Xiang. Prnnaoy sent the Chinese packing in just 44 minutes to book a clash with Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie in the next round.
Earlier in the day, the Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal’s poor form continued as she was once again knocked out in the first round by China’s Cai Yan Yan in straight games.
Cai took only 30 minutes to beat Saina by a margin of 21-13, 22-20. Cai had knocked out Saina in China Open too.
Sameer Verma also crashed out of the tournament after he went down fighting to Tzu Wei Wang of Taiwan.
Kidambi Srikanth, another shuttler in the men’s category, got a walkover in the first round as his opponent Kento Momota pulled out of the tournament.