India Open 2019: Eight Singles Including Kartik, Jindal Make It To The Main Draw

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India Open 2019
Indian shuttlers including Kartik Jindal, Pranav and Rahul Yadav Chittaboina have qualified for the main draw. Image Source: BAI Media Twitter
Highlights

  • Third seed Rahul Yadav Chittaboina and fourth seed Siddharth Thakur led the march of the Indians in men’s singles .
  • In women’s singles, Ritika Thaker, Prashi Joshi, Riya Mookerjee, and Vaidehi Choudhari progressed. .
  • India's dynamic doubles duo Ashwini and Sikki ousted the 6th seed Chinese duo Li W and Zheng Y in the first round of the tournament.
  • 2017 champion PV Sindhu starts her campaign against compatriot Mugdha Agrey on Wednesday.

Eight singles players and 10 teams from India secured berths in the main draw as the qualifying rounds were completed at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019, here on Tuesday (March 26).

Third seed Rahul Yadav Chittaboina and fourth seed Siddharth Thakur led the march of the Indians in men’s singles along with Kartik Jindal while veteran Pranaav Jerry Chopra made it through to the main draw of men’s doubles in partnership with Shivam Sharma.

 

Jindal vs Pavel Kotsarenko

World No. 257 Jindal hardly broke a sweat in dismissing the 365th Pavel Kotsarenko in the first round. He was then made to work hard by the spirited World No. 814 Sarath Dunna, who had knocked out the 210th ranked Yehezkiel Fritz Mainaky, 21-9, 17-21, 21-16 in his opening round.

 

Dunna showed the same resolve against Jindal before going down 12-21, 23-21, 19-21 in a tight contest that lasted 53 minutes.

The 20-year-old Jindal stressed on the importance of recovering well before his first round clash with seventh seed Khosit Phetpradab. “I feel delighted qualifying for the main draw but need to recover from today’s play for tomorrow’s match against Khosit from Thailand.”

 

Women’s Singles

In women’s singles, Ritika Thaker, Prashi Joshi, Riya Mookerjee, and Vaidehi Choudhari progressed. While Thaker will face eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt, Joshi and Choudhari have tough opposition in the form of third seed He Bingjiao and seventh seed Han Yue respectively.

Chopra-Sharma breeze through Pranaav Jerry Chopra, one-half of India’s No. 2 mixed doubles team, had an easy outing in the qualifiers alongside Shivam Sharma.

Chopra and Sharma needed just 19 minutes to prevail over Vikas Chauhan and Sandeep Choudhary 21-10, 21-5.

India also shines in Women’s Doubles

In women’s doubles, Megha Morchana Bora and Manali Sinha staved off a stiff resistance from Anamika Kashyap and Sanghamitra Saikia to register a 24-22, 21-13 win.

In mixed doubles, Aparna Balan and Mohamed Muanis went down to the experienced Hong Kong pair of Tang Chun Man and NG Tsz Yau.

The main draw action at this World Tour 500 tournament starts on Wednesday. 2017 champion PV Sindhu starts her campaign against compatriot Mugdha Agrey.

2015 winner Kidambi Srikanth meets the tricky Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the first round while fifth seed Sameer Verma has Rasmus Gemke of Denmark first up.

 

On the other hand, India’s dynamic doubles duo Ashwini and Sikki ousted the 6th seed Chinese duo Li W and Zheng Y in the first round of the tournament.

1st Round Results Day 1

 

Rahul Yadav Chittaboina (IND) bt Anant Shivam Jindal (IND) 21-14, 21-15

Siddharath Thakur (IND) bt Gurpratap Singh Dhaliwal (IND) 21-6, 21-13

Kartik Jindal (IND) bt Sarath Dunna (IND) 21-12, 21-23, 21-19

Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/Shivam Sharma (IND) bt Vikas Chauhan (IND)/Sandeep Chaudhary (IND) 21-10, 21-5

Megha Morchana Bora (IND) /Manali Sinha (IND) bt Anamika Kashyap (IND)/Sanghamitra Saikia (IND) 24-22, 21-13

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