P.V. Sindhu, the favourite to lift the women's singles crown in the US$ 15,000 Tata Open India International Challenge following the no-show of top seed Eriko Hirose of Japan, eased into the second round with an easy victory at the NSCI courts on Thursday.
The 16-year-old Andhra girl thrashed Thu Huyen Le 21-11, 21-10 in less than half an hour.
There was an upset in the women's singles when unheralded Mudra Dhainje ousted fifth seed Claudia Mayer of Austria 21-14, 21-16.
Among those entering the pre-quarterfinals along with Sindhu and Neha, who got past Indonesian qualifier I.W. Millicent 22-20, 21-17, were defending champion and seventh seed P.C. Thulasi, 4th seed Arundhati Pantawane, 6th seed Aditi Mutatkar, 8th seed Sayali Gokhale, all from India, and third seed Chan TszKa of Hong Kong.
Top seeded Alamsyah Yunus of Indonesia led the remaining men's seeds into the last 16 of the singles event with a 21-14, 21-18 first-round demolition of India's B. Sai Praneeth.
The results: Men: (1st round): Alamsyah Yunus (Ina) bt B. Sai Praneeth 21-14, 21-18; H.S. Prannoy bt K. Srikanth 16-21, 21-13, 21-15; Goh Soon Huat (Mas) bt Rohit Yadav 21-16, 21-18; Arvind Bhat bt Dharma Alrie Guna (Ina) 21-4, 21-12; Fang Yang Lim (Mas) bt Riyanto Subagja (Ina) 21-19, 21-9; Anup Sridhar bt Heri Setiawan (Brn) 21-13, 21-16; Akshit Mahajan bt Jacob Malieka (RSA) 21-15, 21-16.
Mohmed Misbun (Mas) bt Mudra Dhainje 21-15, 21-11; Kurniawan Tedjono (Ina) bt Manish Gupta 21-11 21-6; Hiren Rhustavito (Ina) bt K Nandagopal 12-21, 21-19, 21-18; Anand Pawar bt Ali Shahhosseini (Iri) w/o; P. Vinay Kumar Reddy bt Ha Anh Le (Vie) 21-14, 11-5 (retd.); Aditya Prakash bt Stanislav Pukhov (Rus) w/o; Zulkarnain Zainuddin (Mas) bt Sukamta Evert (Ina) 21-23, 21-14, 21-18; R.M.V. Gurusaidutt bt Mohd Ismail (Mas) 21-14, 21-10.
Women: (1st round): Sarada Jasti bt Eriko Hirose (Jpn) w/o; Gayatri Vartak bt Swati Joon (Ind) 21-3, 21-1; P.C. Thulasi bt Elsa Jacob 21-12, 21-18; Sew Fong Ng (Mas) bt Saili Rane 4-1 (retd.); Arundhati Pantawane bt Thilini Jayasinghe (Sri) 21-11, 21-11; Li Lian Yang (Mas) bt Mohita Sahdev 21-14, 21-11; Sayali Gokhale bt Thi Trang Vu (Vie) 21-16, 21-10; Rose Kunnath bt Anita Ohlan 21-19, 21-16; Tanvi Lad bt Riya Pillai 21-5, 21-9; Aditi Mutatkar bt Sin Er Ng (Mas) 21-17, 21-16; Sanyogita Ghorpade bt Chandrika Hettiarachcige (Sri) 19-21, 21-18, 21-11; Chan Tsz Ka (Hkg) bt Poorvisha Ram 21-5, 21-7; Mudra Dhainje bt Claudia Mayer (Aui) 21-14, 21-16; P.V. Sindhu bt Thu Huyen Le (Vie) 21-11, 21-10; Neha Pandit bt I.W. Millicent (Ina) 22-20, 21-17.
Keywords: Tata Open India International Challenge