With P V Sindhu’s easy opening victory to reach pre-quarterfinals as well as winning starts from Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram, India continues to give a good show at the World Badminton Championships 2017 at Glasgow.
India’s proud Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu easily clear off her first hurdle at the WBC against her strong contender from Korea – Kim Hyo Min with a meritorious score of 21-16 and 21-14 in just 49 minutes. With this win, Sindhu has made her way easily to the pre-quarterfinals in the Championships where she has already won two bronze medals in 2013 and 2014 editions. Sindhu has also added up to her head-to-head record against Korea with an amazing record of 4-1 wins in five match meetings!
During the game against Kim, Sindhu sweated her opponent hard by winning eight-straight points in first set and later, despite Kim’s continuous tries to cover up, the Sindhu rampage continued to win the first round. In the second round, Sindhu again opened with a lead of 8-3 but soon the Korean too paced up to balance the score with 8-10 but little did she know that she was about to be hit by another blow of 21-16, giving Sindhu a clear and easy victory.
Not only in women’s badminton but Indian men have rocked the initial badminton courts as the Singapore Open Champion – B Sai Praneeth opened his campaign with a straight-game win over his Hong Kong counterpart – Wei Nan. Again with a clear gap of 21-18 21-17 in a 48-minute match, Praneeth booked his ticket to the second round of men’s singles which will be played against Indonesian shuttler Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who is the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic and World Junior Championships boys’ singles bronze medallist. Another men’s single victory in the Indian logs was from Ajay Jayaram, who beat the Austrian Luka Wraber in 31 minutes, winning 21-14, 21-12.
India also got a good start in mixed doubles with Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, seeded 15th, who had won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title, defeated Indo-Malaysian combo of Prajakta Sawant and Yogendran Khrishnan 21-12 21-19. But that is like Indian defeating another Indian at an international platform – it’s tough to judge whether to be happy or not but for now, we have more than one reasons to anticipate some medals at the World Badminton Championships 2017.