Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Saina, Prannoy out of reckoning for Dubai Super Series Finals

Hong Kong Open P.V. Sindhu Saina Nehwal and H.S. Prannoy advance to second round Saina, Prannoy out of reckoning for Dubai Super Series Finals
Kristopher Love | 23 November, 2017, 23:49

The second seed Indian outplayed the Japanese 21-14, 21-17 in 39 minutes.

In the one-sided match, Sindhu got into the groove early to the lead in the first game against her less-illustrious opponent.

Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu dropped a place to be No.3 in women's singles while compatriot Saina, who has made a brilliant comeback to the circuit after a career threatening injury, rose a berth to be at No.10.

Sindhu dominated the game from the beginning, ending the game in less than 40 minutes.

The Indian faces another Japanese, fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi, in the quarter-finals today.

While second seed Sindhu eased past Hong Kong's qualifier Leung Yuet Yee 21-18, 21-10, Saina registered a hard-fought 21-19, 23-21 win over Denmark's Mette Poulsen.

After winning the first game, Saina could not step up the pressure and was beaten by the Chinese sensation in the next two games.

Prannoy, now ranked 10 as per the Destination Dubai Rankings, needed to book a berth in the semifinals to be in the race, but he went down fighting to Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 10-21, 15-21 on Thursday.