Easy win for Saina; Kashyap, Srikanth out
Saina Nehwal had an easy opener at the All England Open on Wednesday. The seventh seed beat Scot Kirsty Gilmour 21-15, 21-6 in 32 minutes to move to the next round.other Updated: Mar 06, 2014 00:49 IST
Saina Nehwal had an easy opener at the All England Open on Wednesday. The seventh seed beat Scot Kirsty Gilmour 21-15, 21-6 in 32 minutes to move to the next round.
However, it was the end of the road for Parupalli Kashyap and K Srikanth. The only entrants in the men's singles main draw, they failed to cross the first hurdle.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Kashyap played his heart out before enduring a 21-14 19-21 17-21 defeat against fifth seed Kenichi Tago of Japan in a men's singles match that lasted an hour and 15 minutes. Srikanth went down to Japan's Kento Momota 11-21 15-21 in another match.
The mixed doubles pair of Tarun Kona and Ashwini Ponnappa also fell in the opening round, losing to fourth seed Danish combo of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen 13-21 16-21.
Meanwhile, Tommy Sugiarto, winner of the Singapore Open last year and finalist at last month's Malaysian Open, was sent crashing out by a qualifier in the first round.
The world number three from Indonesia twice appeared to have turned the match around, and was foiled only in the last few points by Gao Huan, an impressively resilient Chinese player.
The 24-year-old from Liaoning won 21-13, 10-21, 21-18, making good use of his familiarity with the conditions from his two matches in the qualifying competition to squeeze out the best win of his career.