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Hong Kong Open: Sindhu, Prannoy kick off campaign with contrasting wins

25 November 2017, 12:37 | Tracey Rhodes

Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu

Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu

Last year, Sindhu had defeated the Japanese twice: in the Dubai World Super Series Finals in December, and the BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in May.

Like it was last week, PV Sindhu is the lone Indian left in the fray as Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out of the Hong Kong Open Super Series in Kowloon on Thursday.

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The 25-year-old, who defeated his countryman Kidambi Srikanth to win 2017 Senior National Badminton Championship last week, will face Japan's Kazumasa Sakai, who had defeated the Indian in the semifinals of Indonesia Open Super Series Premier.

Right from the start, Sindhu looked lethal and played aggressively to outplay her opponent in straight games. Sixth seed Ratchanok beat Canadian Michelle Li 21-14, 21-16 in 39 minutes in the other quarterfinal. This was the third time that Sindhu was facing Ohori and thanks to this victory, the Hyderabad-based shuttler was successful in maintaining her unbeaten record against the Japanese youngster.

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In contrast to Sindhu, former champion Saina Nehwal laboured to her first round win. She will next meet eighth seed Chinese Chen Yufei.

It will be their first meeting this year.

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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 squandered three match points to slump to a 21-15, 9-21, 20-22 defeat to the World No. 52 Lee Dong Keun of Korea.



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