Young shuttler P V Sindhu lost a gallant fight in her opening round but London Olympics quarterfinalist Parupalli Kashyap kept India’s tricolour fluttering with a straight-game win to reach the second round of the China Open in Shanghai on Wednesday.
Commonwealth bronze medallist Kashyap, who had taken a month-long break after winning the Senior Nationals Championship in Srinagar, was the only bright spot for India in men’s singles as all other Indians bowed out of the tournament after losing their opening contest.
World number 23 Kashyap notched up a 21-15 21-15 victory over Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen in a 37-minute contest.
In women’s singles, returning to action after over a month due to a knee problem, Sindhu fought fiercely against world number 14 Eriko Hirose. She eventually went down 20-22 21-14 19-21 to the Japanese in an hour and six minutes match.PTI