Wednesday, April 27, 2011

India Open Superseries- Day 2 results

The Yonex Sunrise India Open-2011 super series badminton tournament is currently underway at the Siri Fort Complex, at New Delhi in India.
Yesterday the qualification rounds for the men's and women's singles were held and today the first round of the main draw was conducted.

India Open Superseries-2011 - Day 2 - Main draw 1st round match results and highlights of the day, are as below:

Women's Singles:

Major upset of the day was Saina Nehwal's loss against World No. 24, Ai Goto of Japan. Saina lost the match in 2 straight sets, 17-21 and 19-21 in just 34 minutes of play. After losing the first set, Saina fought back bravely in the 2nd set and was leading 19-18, however Ai Goto managed to keep her nerves under better control, taking 3 points on the trot and pocketing the match, to progress to the 2nd round.

Before that, fast rising junior badminton player PV Sindhu who trains at the Gopichand badminton academy, gave a tough fight in her match against 8th seeded Salakjit Ponsana of Thailand, and though the final result did not go in her favour, PV Sindhu's performance raises hopes from her in the future.
Salakjit managed to get past Sindhu 21-19, 22-20.

Men's Singles:

Before this shock loss of Saina Nehwal, Indian badminton fans had a lot to cheer about in the men's section, as Indian men proved their mettle against top class world players.

In one of the most sensational wins of the day, RMV Guru Sai Dutt of India stunned the 4th seed and world no.5 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the first round of the India Open-2011. In a thriller of a match, RMV Guru Sai Dutt won by a score of: 22-20, 18-21, 21-19.

Another major highlight of the day was Ajay Jayaram's strong showing against the World No.1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia. Eventually Ajay lost the match, however just seeing the scores gives an indication of how tough the match was. Lee Chong Wei finally prevailed over Ajay by a score of 21-19, 21-18.

In another upset win, rising star Sourabh Verma of India, defeated world no.37 Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia, by a score of 21-18, 21-19.

And as expected, P. Kashyap progressed to the 2nd round of the Indian Open, defeating Michal Matejka of Slovakia 21-7, 21-15. He now faces the task of taking on world no.3 Taufik Hidayat in the 2nd round.

All these results of Day2 at the Yonex India Open Superseries-2011, just go on to show the progress that India's men badminton players have made in recent times, and the time has finally come when some of them are now finding themselves within striking distance at the world top 10 positions.

Mixed Doubles
In the mixed doubles, the Indian pair of Akshay Dewalkar & Pradnya Gadre beat the Japanese pair of Noriyasu Hirata and Miyuki Maeda 21-17 21-17, to progress to the 2nd round.

In another mixed doubles match, Pranav Chopra and Prajakta Sawant defeated another Japanese pair of Kenta Kazuno and Ayaka Takahashi 21-14, 21-18 to ensure a place in the 2nd round.

The remaining Indian players in the fray all lost their 1st round matches, with most of them losing to higher ranked seeded players.

Indian Open Superseries-2011 - Tomorrow's matches of Indian spectator interest will be:

Akshay Dewalkar/Pradnya Gadre [IND] vs. 5th seeds Peng Soon Chan/Liu Ying Goh [Malaysia]
Sourabh Verma [IND] vs. Kenichi Tago [7] [Japan]
R.M.V Gurusai Datt [IND] vs.- Yuhan Tan [Belarus]
Pradnya Gadre/Jyotshna Polavarapu [IND] vs.- Miyuki Maeda [1] [JPN]/Satoko Suetsuna [JPN]
Jwala Gutta [8]/Ashwini Ponnappa [IND] vs.- Eei Hui Chin/Pei Tty Wong [Malaysia]
P Kashyap [IND]  vs.- Taufik Hidayat [2] of Indonesia
Attri Manu/Jishnu Sanyal [IND] vs.- Kien Keat Koo [1] - Boon Heong Tan [MAS]
Pranav Chopra/Prajakta Sawant [IND] - Muhammad Rijal [7]/Debby Susanto [INA]
Rupesh Kumar [8] /Sanave Thomas [IND] - Yohanes Rendy Sugiarto/Afiat Yuris Wirawan [INA]


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