Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen also advanced after winning their first-round matches in men’s singles.
Former world champion PV Sindhu progressed to the second round of the German Open 2022 BWF Super 300 event with a dominating win over Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan at Mulheim on Tuesday.
PV Sindhu defeated world No. 11 Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-8, 21-7 in the first round. With the win, Sindhu extended her head-to-head record against the Thai shuttler to 15-1.
The two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu started the match swinging and raced to an 11-4 lead at the first break. The Indian, ranked world No. 7, upped the ante after the restart and sealed the first game convincingly.
Busanan Ongbamrungphan tried to keep PV Sindhu in check in the second game but PV Sindhu was in fine touch and went on to pocket the match in straight games.
PV Sindhu will next face unseeded shuttler Zhang Yiman of China in the second round. If Sindhu wins, she could run into the current world No.1 and Tokyo Olympic silver-medallist Tai Tzu-Ying in the quarter-finals.
Tai Tzu-Ying had defeated PV Sindhu in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics and enjoys a 14-5 head-to-head record against the Indian shuttler.
PV Sindhu’s Indian compatriot Saina Nehwal, the current world No. 25, also progressed with a 21-15, 17-21, 21-14 win over world No. 46 Clara Azurmendi from Spain.
Saina Nehwal, who is making a comeback after missing the Syed Modi International and Odisha Open earlier this year due to injury, will next take on the winner of the match between Ratchanok Intanon, the eighth seed from Thailand, and China’s Wang Zhiyi.
Kidambi Srikanth, India’s only seeded badminton player in men’s singles at the German Open, meanwhile, overcame a stiff challenge from world No. 39 Brice Leverdez of France in the opening round. The Indian, ranked world No. 11 and seeded eighth at the tournament, defeated his French opponent 21-10, 13-21, 21-7.
Another top Indian prospect in men’s singles, Lakshya Sen, defeated Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-6, 22-20. The Indian, currently world No. 12, will face Anthony Sinisuka, the world No. 5 from Indonesia, next.
HS Prannoy also joined his two Indian compatriots in the second round after a 21-14, 21-19 win over Singapore’s Ka Long Angus NG, the seventh seed.
In mixed doubles, India’s Sai Pratheek and N Sikki Reddy crashed out after losing to the Thai team of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, the top seeds, 21-19, 21-8.
Dhruv Kapila and Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of Indian badminton legend Pullela Gopichand, also failed to get past the first round hurdle after losing 21-19, 21-19 to Indonesia’s Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso and Adnan Maulana.
Other Indian prospects who failed to cross the first round hurdle were mixed doubles pair of MR Arjun-Treesa Jolly, Ishaan Bhatnagar-Tanisha Crasto and women’s doubles pair of Haritha Manazhiyil Harinarayanan-Ashna Roy.
Top Indian women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will open their campaign against Japan’s Chiharu Shida and Nami Matsuyama, seeded fifth, in the first round on Wednesday.
By Ali Asgar Nalwala
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