World Champion Sindhu made a helpful open to her campaign but Sameer Verma and Nehwal were expelled from the Hong Kong Open after suffer distinct defeats in the opening round event here on Wednesday.
Sindhu had faltered in the opening round in a pair of recent tournaments, took 36 minutes to see off world Korea no 19 Kim Ga Eun 21-15 21-16 to evolution to the 2nd round. Next the Olympic silver medallist will face Ongbamrungphan from Thailand. HS Prannoy also crossed the opening difficulty, beating Huang Yu Xiang from China for 21-17 21-17 in 44 minutes to a conflict with sixth seed Indonesian Jonatan Christie.
Joining Prannoy in the 2nd round qualifier Kidambi Srikanth, Sourav Verma and Parupalli Kashyap. While Japan’s Kenta beaten by Kashyap for 21-18 16-21 21-10, Sourav got the better Brice of France 21-11 21-15. Pitted beside top seed Momota, Srikanth got a beat over the Nishimoto. Srikanth will take on compatriot Sourabh in the second round. Kashyap has a tough 2nd round meet as he is up against 2nd seed Chou Tiena Chen of Taipei.
But Saina was finished for 8th seed and she claimed the Indonesia Masters in January 2019 as she suffered her 5th first-round loss in the last 6 tournaments, going down 13-21 20-22 to Chinese in the women’s singles for the 2nd successive time. It was his third successive loss in the opening round.