Top Indian midfielders Saina Nehwal, Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy advanced to the second round of the Indian Open with contrasting victories here on Wednesday. Not old world. 1 Saina, who missed many tournaments last year due to multiple injuries, moved into the second round after Tereza Svabikova of the Czech Republic suffered a back injury and retired midway while trailing 20-22 0-1 in the first round match. . “Playing after so long gives you confidence in the game, how to get those points, because in practice you don’t have the privilege of playing points with the same intensity as in tournaments.
“The quality of some of the points I got today … I hope it helps me in some way tomorrow,” Saina said after his match.
Fourth-seeded Saina will next face compatriot Malvika Bansod, who defeated fellow Indian Samiya Imad Farooqui 21-18 21-9 in another women’s singles match.
In men’s singles, eighth seed Prannoy, a former player in the world top 10, edged Spain’s Pablo Abian 21-14 21-7 and will now face Mithun Manjunath, who achieved a close 21-16 15-21 21-10 win over Frenchman Arnaud Merkle.
Third seed Sen, who claimed world championship bronze in his debut last month, defeated Adham Hatem Elgamal of Egypt 21-15 21-7 to set up a head-to-head match with Sweden’s Felix Burestedt.
Second-seeded Commonwealth Games bronze medalists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also entered the second round after prevailing 21-7, 19-21, 21-13 over compatriots Janani Ananthakumar and Divya R .Balasubramanian.
Among other Indians, Aakarshi Kashyap beat his compatriot Anura Prabhudesai 21-14 21-14, while Rahul Yadav Chittaboina got a walkover after the withdrawal of Spanish Luis Enrique Penalver.
Kashyap will face Keyura Mopati, who has been promoted from reserve. Mopati beat his Indian teammate Smit Toshniwal 15-21 21-19 21-8. Rahul will face Irishman Nhat Nguyen, who eliminated Ajay Jayaram 19-21, 21-7, 21-14 in another men’s singles competition.
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Tanya Hemanth got rid of Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka 9-21 21-12 21-19 in another women’s singles match.
PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma had reached the second round on Tuesday.