Japan Open 2019: Sai Praneeth Stuns Kento Nishimoto To Enter Second Round

Updated: 23 July 2019 11:53 IST

Sai Praneeth defeated World No.10 Kento Nishimoto from Japan in straight games in a match which lasted for 42 minutes.

Japan Open 2019: Sai Praneeth Stuns Kento Nishimoto To Enter Second Round
Sai Praneeth made a thrilling start to his Japan Open 2019 campaign. © Twitter

Indian badminton player B. Sai Praneeth started off his Japan Open 2019 campaign on a winning note as he registered a comprehensive straight-games victory over Japan's Kento Nishimoto in the opening round of the $750,000 tournament in Tokyo on Tuesday. Praneeth, who didn't have as great a run in the recently-concluded Indonesia Open losing to Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent, defeated Nishimoto 21-17, 21-13 in the first-round contest that lasted just for 42 minutes. Praneeth had pulled out of the last edition of this tournament and he came out with a confident performance this time around.

In the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also advanced to the second round with an easy win over Germany's Linda Efler and Marvin Seidel. The Indian pair defeated the duo of Efler-Seidel 21-14, 21-19 in 33 minutes.

However, there was disappointment in the men's doubles event as India's Attri Manu and Reddy B. Sumeeth lost to the Malaysian pair of Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 12-21, 16-21 in a match when was played for less than an hour.

On Wednesday, ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will begin their tournament campaign in their respective events. Sindhu will face China's Yue Han, while Srikanth will lock horns with compatriot HS Prannoy.

Sameer Verma will also compete with Denmark's Anders Antonsen in his opening round clash.

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Highlights
  • Sai Praneeth defeated World No.10 Kento Nishimoto from Japan
  • Ashwini Ponappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also advanced to 2nd round
  • PV Sindhu will begin her campaign on Wednesday
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