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Japan Open: Sai Praneeth Stuns Kento Nishimoto To Enter Next Round
NDTV - Sports
Tue, 23 Jul 2019 06:49

Japan Open: Sai Praneeth Stuns Kento Nishimoto To Enter Next Round

NDTV - Sports
Tue, 23 Jul 2019 06:49

Indian badminton player B.

Japan Open: Sai Praneeth Stuns Kento Nishimoto To Enter Next Round
Sai Praneeth started off his Japan Open 2019 campaign on a winning note as he registered a comprehensive straight-games victory over Japans Kento Nishimoto in the opening round of the $750,000 tournament in Tokyo on Tuesday. Praneeth, who didnt have as great a run in the recently-concluded Indonesia Open losing to Hong Kongs Wong Wing Ki Vincent, defeated Nishimoto 21-17, 21-13 in the first-round contest that lasted just for 42 minutes. Praneeth had pulled out of the last edition of this tournament and he came out with a confident performance this time around.
#JapanOpenSuper750Exceptional play by @saiprneeth92, displaces higher-ranked (World No 10) Kenta Nishimoto ofto reach the second round.Keep Rising!#IndiaontheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/QuTJonjdbs

— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 23, 2019

In the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also advanced to the second round with an easy win over Germanys Linda Efler and Marvin Seidel. The Indian pair defeated the duo of Efler-Seidel 21-14, 21-19 in 33 minutes.

However, there was disappointment in the mens doubles event as Indias Attri Manu and Reddy B. Sumeeth lost to the Malaysian pair of Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 12-21, 16-21 in a match when was played for less than an hour.

On Wednesday, ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will begin their tournament campaign in their respective events. Sindhu will face Chinas Yue Han, while Srikanth will lock horns with compatriot HS Prannoy.

Sameer Verma will also compete with Denmarks Anders Antonsen in his opening round clash.