The inaugural day of the All England Badminton Championships turned out to be a disappointing one for the Indians as their big name shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out inside the first round in Birmingham. It become a painful exit for Sindhu. The fifth seed become amazed by using unseeded Sung Ji Hyun 16-21, 22-20, 18-21. In a marathon struggle, which lasted for an hour and 20 mins, the S. Korean shattered Sindhu’s hopes with a difficult-fought victory. Sindhu changed into properly in control initially and turned into leading on a few activities in the first game. The Korean modified gears and reeled off 4 consecutive points to claim the opener at 21-16. The tall Hyderabadi bounced back within the second sport however Sung, world No. 10, changed into in no temper to let move the advantage. Sindhu stored 3 in shape factors earlier than clinching the second game on her first recreation point. The success inside the second recreation regarded to have lifted Sindhu’s spirits as she commenced well within the decider. However, Sung stuck up quickly and came up with an extraordinary show to race ahead. Both shuttlers dug deep for each factor; it become a grim warfare on view. Down thirteen-20, it appeared throughout for Sindhu. However, the Rio
Olympics silver medalist staged a remarkable recuperation to lessen the gap to just two points with a five-factor burst. However, Sung converted her sixth healthy point to seal the destiny of Sindhu. It was Sung’s 2nd successive and general seventh victory in opposition to Sindhu in their 15th conflict thus far. Sung will lock horns with Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi inside the 2d round on Thursday. In an all-Indian guys’s singles conflict, 2017 Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth pipped fellow Gopichand Academy trainee HS Prannoy 21-19, 21-19. With this fifty two-minute win, Sai Praneeth levelled the pinnacle-to-head document at 2-2. In men’s singles, India’s Kidambi Srikanth beat Brice Leverdez of France 21-13, 21-11 however Sameer Verma misplaced 21-16, 18-21, 14-21 towards Viktor Axelsen of Denmark. In girls’s singles, India’s Saina Nehwal beat Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-17, 21-18. In the subsequent round, Saina will tackle Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt, whilst Srikanth will face Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie. “I truely enjoy it plenty, it’s something each participant looks as much as and the mission is even extra more difficult than ordinary Super Series events,” Saina instructed PTI. “Everyone desires to have that trophy however, as I said, you need to play your natural recreation to be the quality and cannot sincerely placed strain on yourself that you need to have it. If it’s miles to your destiny you will truly get it, but the mission is to offer your nice and beat the excellent players,” she introduced. Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy gave a huge scare to seventh seeds Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto of Japan earlier than dropping 21-16, 26-28, sixteen-21. The unseeded Indian duo had a match point within the second sport but couldn’t capitalize on it and succumbed to pressure. Another Indian ladies’s doubles pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram fought difficult earlier than happening 21-18, 12-21, 12-21 to the Russian duo of Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Daveltova. Indian guys’s doubles pair of Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri went down 19-21, 21-sixteen, 14-21 in opposition to Ren Xiangyu and Ou Xuanyi of China. The Indian blended doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy went down in opposition to Chang Tak Ching and NG Wing Yung 21-23, 17-21. In one in all the largest upsets of the day, former Olympic champion Lin Dan of China changed into greatly surprised with the aid of younger Japanese Kanta Tsuneyama 19-21, 21-14, 21-7.