India Open 2019: First day jitters

first_img Rohit Paniker New DelhiMarch 28, 2019UPDATED: March 28, 2019 11:49 IST Kidambi Srikanth survived a scare in the first round of India Open 2019. (BAI Photo)For the Indian shuttlers in the men’s singles event, the Day One at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open was one filled with struggles and last-ditch comebacks.For long, they have played at the fast-playing courts of Sirifort Sports Complex. For them to win at the KD Jadhav Hall here, the challenge was real.Paltry shots, unforced errors and battling the minimal drift inside a bigger indoor hall made it difficult for both Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth to tame their lower-ranked opponents, before they pulled up their socks to come out winners.World No. 24 HS Prannoy, on a comeback trail, churned out a gritty win while PV Sindhu had a cakewalk of a match against fellow countrymate Mughda Agrey.Amid the stardust at the stadium here, unheralded Subhankar Dey stole the limelight when he stunned World No. 9 Tommy Sugiarto in the first round.World No. 44 Dey shocked the Indonesian fourth seed with finesse and crafty shots while his energy on court got the crowd excited. After losing the first game 14-21, Dey bounced back in the next two games, running away winner 22-20, 21-11.Srikanth, meanwhile, was a victim of his own mistakes, often caught off-guard while trying to play his typical smashes against World No. 37 Wong Wing Ki Vincent.He won the initial game 21-16 but frequent unforced errors and lack of concentration at the centre came to the fore as Srikanth’s 29-year-old opponent from Hong Kong made full of the opportunity to claim the second game 18-21.The third game started off in a rather unceremonious fashion for the Indian favourite. He gave away a 6-1 lead, before catching up 8-8, only to fall back 17-11. It was then, backed by the roaring audience, Srikanth made a surreal comeback to snatch the match 21-19.advertisementSpeaking after his match, Srikanth admitted to making errors while expressing relief in leaving his opponent in the dust.”I am just very happy to get through this. At one point, I made a lot of errors but managed to control them. There was little drift on the court but I don’t think it was a troubling me. The court is of course different,” he told Mail Today.Praneeth, entering the tournament on back of a runner-up finish at the Swiss Open, started off on the wrong foot against teenager Gulshan Kumar Kartikey. The World No. 20 came back from a game down to beat the 19-year-old Gulshan 22-24, 21-13, 21-8.Olympic silver medallist Sindhu found little to no resilience from Agrey, beating her 21-8, 21-13 inside 23 minutes.The second seed will now take on Deng Joy Xuan, who beat Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky 21-12, 21-13.Prannoy continued his return to world-class badminton as he recovered from a game down to stun eight seed and World No. 17 Kantaphon Wanghcharoen 14-21, 21-18, 21-14 in a match that lasted 68 minutes.World No. 15 Sameer Verma overcame an early fight from Danish World No, 29 Rasmus Gemke to record a 21-18, 21-12 win and marched on to the second round.World No. 92 Riya Mookerjee also impressed in the first round as she beat Phittayaporn Chaiwan , ranked 86th in the world, 21-17, 21-15.Former champion Ratchanok Intanon and seasoned Chinese shuttler Li Xuerui also made strong starts to their campaigns in the morning session on Wednesday.Fourth-seeded Intanon comfortably beat India’s Sai Uttejitha Rao Chkka 21-9, 21-6. London Olympic gold medallist Xuerui, on the other hand, overcame a tough opponent in Nitchaon Jindapol with a 21-17, 21-11 scoreline.Third seed He Bingjiao needed 30 minutes to dismiss India’s Prashi Joshi 21-12, 21-15 and was joined by her compatriot Chen Xiaoxin following her 21-15, 21-11 victory over Yulia Yosephin Susanto.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow HS PrannoyFollow Sameer VermaFollow B Sai Praneeth India Open 2019: First day jittersSrikanth & Prannoy struggle, while Sindhu sails into the second round of the India Open 2019.advertisementlast_img read more