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Hong Kong Open: Saina Nehwal, P Kashyap held India's head high

Published by: Shubhanshu Sharma
Published on: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 at 13:14 IST
Hong Kong Open: Saina Nehwal, P Kashyap held India's head high
New Delhi: Indian Badminton ace Saina Nehwal has moved into the second round of the ongoing Hong Kong Super Series by outplaying Indonesian competitor Aprilla Yusvandari in straight sets 22-20, 21-8, at women's singles event at Hong Kong Coliseum in Kowloon on Wednesday.

The Indian player, who skipped the China Super Series Premier last week regarding knee injury, was not looking good in the first set but grooved her game in the next one and outplayed her opponent.

The Badminton sensation was too good for the Indonesian player as she registered 15 smash wins and 15 net wins in the 33-minute contest.

Earlier in the match, Saina took a narrow 3-1 lead in the first set, which was overtaken by Aprilla by reaching 8-6 ahead. Indian ace grabbed the lead again by moving to 14-10, but Indonesian fought hard and equalled it again at 20-20. But, after that move by Aprilla, Saina didn't give any chance and closed the set with two consecutive points.

Saina was left behind by 1-4 in the second game. But the third seeded player came back in style and registered eight straight points and reaching 8-4. She finished the set and the game comfortably in her favour by making it 21-8 in the end.

In the other matches at Hong Kong Open, India's Pranaav Chopra and Siki Reddy N also reached the second round by beating USA duo Phillip Chew and Jamie Subandhi 21-19, 21-15 in mixed doubles event.

Young Indian Badminton ace Parupalli Kashyap stunned world number 10 Jan Jorgensen of Denmark to reach the second round of men's event at Hong Kong open.

It was not an easy one for Indian player against Jorgensen as he clinched the victory in three sets of 24-22, 20-22, 22-20 in a one hour and eight minutes lasted match. Kashyap showed tremendous game against Jorgensen and stunned him in the thrilling match.

Kashyap was trailed behind in the starting of the match by 0-3. But he fought hard and turned the table to break it to 11-8 later. Jorgensen again equalled it at 13-13 but was turned down by Indian in the first set.

In the second set, Jorgensen, however, beat the young Indian player 20-22, but was outplayed in the same manner by Kashyap in the third and last set.

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