Ashmita Chaliha of India beat fifth seeded and world number 28 Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia 24-22, 21-16 in the first round of the Indian Open badminton tournament on Tuesday. Chaliha started well, employing her direct hits to open up an 11-5 lead in the first game and looked comfortable against the Russian tall at KD Jadhav Indoor Hall.
However, she started to make a lot of mistakes after the break and Kosetsyaka took the opportunity to level the score for the first time at 14-14 and then rallied from 16-19 to earn her first game point.
But the Guwahati girl, who had lost to the Russian in their previous meeting in 2019, managed to regroup in time to force the Russian to make an unforced error and then save two more game points before taking the game with a smash. .
The second game followed a similar trajectory as Chaliha opened an 11-4 lead only for the Russian to move closer to 19-16. However, the Indian was more in control this time around and kept her cool under pressure to finish the match in 31 minutes.
“I haven’t played a lot of games in the last few years. So, I was nervous and that affected me in the middle of the opening game. But once I won the first game, I was more confident and relaxed in the game.” second game, “she said after the game.
She now she will face Yaelle Hoyaux from France, who defeated Riya Mookerjee from India.
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In the day’s other matches in the opening session, K Sai Prateekh and Gayatri Gopichand defeated Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Castro 21-16, 16-21, 21-17, while top men’s doubles seeds Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan they ended their campaign with a victory. starts beating Prem Singh Chouhan and Rajesh Verma 21-18, 21-10.
In the women’s doubles first round match, former youth national champions Ritika Thaker and Simran Singh fought back after losing the first match to beat Mariia Stoliarenko and Yelyzaveta Zharka of Ukraine 14-21, 22-20, 21-19 for advance to the second. round.