Singapore: Indian shuttlers did extremely well with several victories on the opening day of the Singapore Open main draw. B Sai Praneeth, H S Prannoy and P C Thulasi were able to advance to the second round of the USD 300,000 Singapore Super Series.
Do you know that Praneeth is the guy that brought an end to the colourful career of maverick shuttler Taufik Hidayat?Do you know that Praneeth is the guy that brought an end to the colourful career of maverick shuttler Taufik Hidayat?
World number 45 men's singles - Praneeth, defeated Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif from Malaysia in a half hour match with 21-13, 21-15. This match was easier than expected for Praneeth, since Arif was once ranked world No. 30. Praneeth is likely to take on Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark next.
Another Indian shuttler, H S Prannoy, too, prevailed over Thailand`s Thammasin Sitthikom in a three set game with 21-17 14-21 21-11. Fifth seed Du Pengyu from China will be waiting for Prannoy on Thursday.
In women`s singles, P C Thulasi is going to set up a clash with world number two Chinese Wang Yihan in the next round after she notched up a 21-13 21-16 win over New Zealand`s Anna Rankin.
However, Tanvi Lad lost to Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China with 21-6 21-11 win in another women`s singles match.
The Indian men's doubles - Alwin Francis and Arun Vishnu out performed Chinese Taipei`s Jui Wei Liang and Kuan Hao Liao 21-15 16-21 22-20 in a 50-minute hard-fought three set match.
However, the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Tarun Kona was tamed by Singaporean players Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Yu Yan Vanessa Neo 15-21 10-21.
Another India`s mixed doubles pair of the beautiful Jwala Gutta and Jishnu Sanyal faltered at the qualifiers, losing 14-21 18-21 to Hong Kong`s Tang Chun Man and Tsz Ka Chan yesterday.