The 2023 Singapore Open Super 750 badminton tournament witnessed a mixed day for Indian shuttlers as Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the next round, while PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy suffered disappointing losses in the opening round.
Srikanth, a silver medallist at the 2021 world championships, showcased his skill and determination as he defeated Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen with a score of 21-15, 21-19 in the men’s singles competition. His victory set up an exciting encounter with either Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto or Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hao Lee in the next round.
Defending champion PV Sindhu faced a tough challenge against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, who is currently ranked number 1 in the world. Sindhu fought valiantly but eventually succumbed to a close defeat, with the final scoreline reading 21-18, 19-21, 17-21. This loss was Sindhu’s second consecutive first-round exit, following her early exit from the Thailand Open last week.
HS Prannoy, who entered the tournament on a high note after winning his maiden BWF title at the Malaysia Masters, couldn’t replicate his recent success. Prannoy faced a formidable opponent in the form of third-seeded Japanese shuttler Kodai Naraoka and lost the match with a score of 15-21, 19-21 in 56 minutes.
On a positive note, the doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila made an impressive start to their campaign. They secured a comfortable victory with a score of 21-16, 21-15 against France’s Lucas Corvee and Ronan Labar in their opening match.
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