Saina Nehwal’s crashed out of the $300,000 Singapore Super Series, losing to Eriko Hirose of Japan in a three-game battle in the opening round on Wednesday.
However, K. Srikanth, B. Sai Praneeth, H.S. Prannoy, P.V. Sindhu and P.C. Thulasi progressed to the second round.
P.V. Sindhu, the eighth seed, overcame the challenge of Millicent Wiranto of Indonesia 21-9, 19-21, 22-20.
P.C. Thulasi notched up a 21-13, 21-16 victory over New Zealand’s Anna Rankin.
In the other women’s singles matches, Arundhati Pantawane fought hard before going down to Shizuka Uchida 21-16, 11-21, 15-21, while top seed Li Xuerui of China cruised past Tanvi Lad 21-6, 21-11.
In men’s singles, K. Srikanth got past Japan’s Takuma Ueda 23-21, 21-15 while world No. 45 B. Sai Praneeth defeated Malaysia’s Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif 21-13, 21-15.
P. Kashyap made his exit after going down to Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 16-21, 21-15, 22-20 in a match that lasted 76 minutes.
The results (first round):
Women: Eriko Hirose bt Saina Nehwal 16-21, 21-15, 21-11; P.V. Sindhu bt Millicent Wiranto 21-9, 19-21, 22-20; P.C. Thulasi bt Anna Rankin 21-13, 21-16; Shizuka Uchida bt Arundhati Pantawane 16-21, 21-11, 21-15; Li Xuerui bt Tanvi Lad 21-6, 21-11.
Doubles: Ying Luo & Yu Luo bt G. Jwala & Ashwini Ponnappa 21-15, 21-16.
Men: K. Srikanth bt Takuma Ueda 23-21, 21-15; B. Sai Praneeth bt Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif 21-13, 21-15; H.S. Prannoy bt Thammasin Sitthikom 21-17, 14-21, 21-11; Dionysius Hayom bt Anand Pawar 21-10, 21-15; Lee Dong Keun bt P. Kashyap 16-21, 21-15, 22-20.
Doubles: Arun Vishnu & Alwin Francis bt Jui Wei Liang & Kuan Hao Liao 21-15, 16-21, 22-20.
Mixed doubles: Danny Bawa Chrisnanta & Yu Yan Vanessa Neo bt Ashwini & Tarun Kona 21-15, 21-10; Gideon Markus Fernaldi & Rizki Amelia Pradipta bt Aparna Balan & Arun Vishnu 23-21, 21-17. — PTI