Defending champion B. Sai Praneeth crashed out of the Singapore Open after suffering a narrow three-game defeat against Japan’s Yu Igarashi in the opening round of men’s singles competition on Wednesday. Sixth-seed Praneeth went down 21-16, 16-21, 18-21 to Igarashi in a match that lasted 1 hour and 11 minutes.
Meanwhile, Sourabh Verma defeated his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap 21-9, 21-6 in straight games in just 15 minutes to progress to the next round. Similarly, Subhankar Dey, Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and former national champion Rituparna Das also advanced to the second round after notching up contrasting wins in their respective matches.
However, Gurusaidutt went down 14-21, 19-21 to China’s Qiao Bin, thus bowing out of the competition.
India’s mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy defeated Germany’s Jones Ralfy Jansen and Carla Nelte 21-19, 16-21, 21-12 to enter the second round along with men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. Meanwhile, Mandiraju Anilkumar Raju and Venkat Gaurav Prasad failed to cross the opening round and lost to Aaron Chia and Wooi Yik Soh of Malaysia.
The other pairing of Arjun M.R. and Ramchandran Shlok, Arun George and Sanyam Shulka also crashed out of the meet.
In the women’s doubles category, Ashwini Ponnappa and Reddy also bowed out after their gallant fight ended in a 21-18 13-21 14-21 loss to NG Tsz Yau and Yuen Sin Ying of Hong Kong.
(With inputs from agencies)