Saina Nehwal, Sindhu and Prannoy made positive starts in Hong Kong Open

Nagpur: Indian Badminton player Saina Nehwal celebrates after beating PV Sindhu during the 82nd Senior National Badminton Championship 2017 Women's single final in Nagpur, Maharashtra on Wednesday. PTI Photo(PTI11_8_2017_000257B)
Vastavam web:  Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu and H S Prannoy made positive starts to their campaign, progressing to the second round of USD 400,000 Hong Kong Super Series here today.London Olympics bronze medallist Saina staved off a spirited challenge from World No. 44 Mette Poulsen of Denmark before emerging 21-19 23-21 winner in a 46-minute match.Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, seeded second, disposed off Hong Kong’s Leung Yuet Yee 21-18 21-10 to set up a clash with either Japan’s Aya Ohori or Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the next round.
In men’s singles competition, Prannoy survived a scare against Hong Kong’s Hu Yun to win 19-21 21-17 21-15 in a match that lasted a little over an hour.However, Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap squandered an opening game advantage to go down narrowly 21-15 9-21 20-22 to Korean Lee Dong Keun, while Sourabh Verma failed to put up a fight against Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, losing 15-21 8-21 to bow out of the competition.Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy played their hearts out before going down 11-21 21-19 19 -21 against the Chinese combo of Huang Dongping and Li Wenmei in a hard-fought contest.The Indian, however, produced a better performance in the second as he fought back from 0-5 down to lead 11-8 at the break and then surged ahead, despite some tough fight from the local hero.