Compatriots Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap were forced to retire after losing their individual games in the opening round on Wednesday.
On her 31st birthday, Nehwal, who appeared in All England for the 15th time in a row, had to withdraw injured in the middle of the second game against the seventh Saat Mia Blichfeldt. The former Indian # 1 world appeared to be struggling with a thigh problem and was heard when they told officials their quad hurt to bring an end to the match the Dane led 21-8, 10-4.
Previously, the Olympic silver medalist Sindhu had passed a good test that showed good coverage of the place and well controlled the shuttle for large parts. She has shown a disciplined effort to outsmart world number 32, Soniia Cheah of Malaysia, 21-11, 21-17 in 38 minutes.
Some members of the Indian contingent as well as others who reportedly returned positive tests were retested overnight when the World Badminton Federation moved the start of the tournament to local time in the afternoon. At this point, everyone involved received the all-clear.
HIGHLIGHTS | Reigning world champion @ Pvsindhu1 Son put up the pressure on Soniia Cheah 🏸 HS # HSBCbadminton #BWFWorldTour # AllEngland2021 pic.twitter.com/NzsHgkaeBU
It was a pretty even start to the game but Sindhu took control as the opening game progressed . From 7-7 at one point, Sindhu closed it 21-11.
All England Open: Aside from the elusive titles, PV Sindhu’s major event will be put to the test again.
Similar to the opening game, Cheah got off to a good start in the second. From 8-8 the Malaysian took the lead with 10-8. But Sindhu came back with a few strong points before a mistake by Cheah gave the Indian an 11-10 lead during the break.
Just when it looked like Sindhu would end the match comfortably, Cheah fought from 14 -17 down and made it 17-17. But the Indian increased the intensity again with a number of good points to have three match points and convert the first.
The fifth seeded Indian will next face the Danish line Christophersen before a possible quarter-final against the former world number 1 , Akane Yamaguchi.
The Indian women’s duo Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy as well as the men’s doubles Satwiksaira and Chirag reached the second round with wins in the second round.
Previously, Ashwini and Sikki had prevailed in 30 minutes against the Thais Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard 21-14 21-12, while the sixth seeded Satwik and Chirag took 19 minutes to defeat the Englishman Nikhar Garg and the Indian Aniruddha Mayekar 21-7 21- claim. 10 in a one-sided competition.
Ashwini and Sikki will next meet sixth Bulgarian sisters Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva, while Satwik and Chirag will meet the impressive Danish couple Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, who make up the Indian duo on the They had defeated way to their title win at the Swiss Open earlier this month.
The shock of the day from Srikanth in the men’s singles. With eight seeds, Srikanth lost to Ireland’s unset player Nguyen Nhat 11: 21, 21: 15, 12: 21. His match lasted exactly an hour when the Irish player came back strong after losing in the second game to the Indian. Nguyen was a late addition to the draw to replace veteran Indonesian shuttle, Tommy Sugiarto. But World No. 57 scored one of the opening day results.
Commonwealth Games gold medalist Kashyap fought valiantly before taking on Japanese Kento Momota 13: 21: 2: 22 in 42 minutes. World number 1 Momota successfully returned to the BWF tour after being paused due to an accident in January 2020.
In the opening game, Momota started and ended with a series of points, while Kashyap competed against each other in the middle phase started. The second game, in which Kashyap repeatedly hit back, the Indian even saved three match points to convert the game into extra points. But Momota has solidified itself for a solid, albeit unspectacular, comeback on the international racetrack.
In other results, the Malaysian couple Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi finished the Indian men’s combo campaign of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila with a 21-13 21-12 victory, while the women’s duo of Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram also bowed after a defeat of 10-21 15-21 against the Danes Alexandra Boje and Mette Poulsen.
In another game, the Danes Alexandra Boje and Mette Poulsen defeated Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram in the women’s doubles in 30 minutes with 21:10, 21:15.
Charging into the next round 👊 A gratifying one first day for @ Pvsindhu1! # YAE2021 pic.twitter.com/ NahrungsmittelgJaRFBy
The defending champion has just finished! 😬A tough fight for @ViktorAxelsen, but it’s going to the next round 💪 # YAE2021 pic.twitter.com/RJqnUvw9xc
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