Young Indian midfielder Ashmita Chaliha recorded the first upset of the Indian Open when she surprised fifth-seeded Evgeniya Kosetskaya, while first-seeded PV Sindhu also sailed into the tournament’s women’s singles second round on Tuesday. It took non-seeded Chaliha just 31 minutes to overtake Russian world number 28 24-22 21-16, while Olympic double medalist Sindhu edged compatriot Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli 21-5 21-16 in her first round. However, it was the end for Chirag Sen when she lost 8-21 7-21 to Soong Joo Ven of Malaysia in the first round of men’s singles.
In her first match, Chaliha started out strong using her direct hits to open up an 11-5 lead.
However, India made a lot of mistakes after the break and Kosetsyaka took the opportunity to level the score 14-14 and then counterattack 16-19 to earn her first game point.
But the Guwahati girl, who had lost to the Russian in her previous contest in 2019, managed to regroup and forced her opponent to make an unforced error and then saved two more game points before securing the first set with a shot.
Game 2 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, “Chaliha said after the game.
“It’s a great event and I really wanted to play against the Russian, but I played safe and it helped get the game out.”
“This was one of my biggest wins. I played against her before, I had lost against her in back-to-back games, so it was my biggest win,” she told reporters at a virtual press conference.
Chaliha will face France’s Yaelle Hoyaux, who defeated India’s Riya Mookerjee 14-21 13-21.
Sindhu will play the winner of the match between Hany Doha of Egypt and Ira Sharma of India.
Despite the easy win, Sindhu said polishing the skill set during the offseason is key to success in a competitive sport like badminton.
“I definitely need to fine tune my game a lot and work on my skills, also add more weapons because everyone is going to read your game.
“So it’s important to change your game against that player because today they watch your previous matches, so you need to strategize accordingly,” Sindhu insisted.
“Sometimes you have to understand the game, sometimes you have to play fast, you have to be consistent in the rallies.
“I have to patiently work on that, not just play one type of game, sometimes opponents don’t allow me to attack, so I need to play a defensive game and I have to be perfect at that.”
Speaking of her first outing at this year’s Indian Open, Sindhu said: “I played with her a long time ago. I didn’t take it easy. The first match is always important. Playing the first day in the stadium, I had to Make sure my shots were good and that I kept the lead and finished the game. ”
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In the other matches of the opening session, the mixed doubles pair of K Sai Prateekh and Gayatri Gopichand defeated Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Castro 21-16 16-21 21-17.
Top men’s doubles seeds Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia started their campaign off to a winning start by defeating Prem Singh Chouhan and Rajesh Verma of India 21-18 21-10.