Prannoy survives a scare against qualifier; Saina, Sindhu post wins

Prannoy survives a scare against qualifier; Saina, Sindhu post wins

Saina trails the Japanese 1-3 in head-to-head record with their last three meetings going in Yamaguchi's favour. She defeated American Beiwen Zhang in straight games 21-12, 21-13.

To make matters worse, early second-round action on Thursday morning saw two of the last three Indians left standing after their lung-openers at Fuzhou's Haixia Olympic Sports Centre meet their Waterloo at the hands of two exciting youngsters, leaving second-seeded PV Sindhu as the sole Indian survivor at the $700,000 competition.

At the start of the second game, Saina lacked momentum and she fell behind the Japanese shuttler.

Prannoy will be up against Hog Kong qualifier Cheuk Yiu Lee in the next round.

World number two and Rio Olympics Silver medalist PV Sindhu is now playing her first round match against Sayaka Sato of Japan.

The two-time former Indian national champion did not have either the weapons or stamina to combat Leverdez when the 31-year-old Frenchman stepped on the gas pedal, and was beaten by the 30th ranked player for the second time this year, following a similar loss in the Thailand Open in June.

Sindhu next plays an easy opponent in Chinese qualifier Yue Han.

However, it was curtains for another men's singles shuttler Sourabh Verma, who lost in the first round to France's Brice Leverdez 14-21, 21-15, 11-21.

It was disappointment for India in the women's doubles, and mixed doubles events as well.

In another round of 32, men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also failed to qualify to next round against Chinese duo of Cheng Liu and Nan Zhang who thrashed the Indians 13-21, 13-21. The Indian pair lost 19-21, 21-17, 13-21 to Mathias Christiansen and Christina Pedersen of Denmark.

The challenge of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also came to an end in women's doubles as Ha Na Baek and Chae Yoo Jung of South Korea won 21-14, 21-15 in 39 minutes.

BADMINTON legend Lin Dan saved seven match points before being dumped out of the first round of his home China Open on Wednesday, stunned by Indonesia's world number 17 Jonatan Christie.



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