Saina Nehwal gets her revenge over Porntip in Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open
India's Saina Nehwal is back to her winning ways and exacted sweet revenge on Thailand Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the first round in the USD350,000 Yonex Sunrise Hong Superseries on Tuesday.
The 2012 London Olympics bronze medal winner was playing in only second match after the Rio Olympics where she failed to make the knockout stage due to a knee injury that required surgery and put her out of action for three months.
Ranked No 6 in the world Nehwal defeated 12th ranked Porntip in a come-from-behind 12-21, 21-19, 21-17 win in 56 minutes to earn second round clash against Japan's Sayaka Sato. The Japanese defeated Taiwan's Chiang Mei Hui 21-12, 21-14.
Joining Nehwal in the second round is compatriot and Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu who won the China Open last week for her first Superseries title.
Sindhu outplayed Indonesian newcomer Yulia Yosephine Susanto 21-13, 21-16 while Taiwan's fourth seed Tai Tzu Ying got the better of Japan's Minatsu Mitani in a three-set thriller 21-11, 17-21, 21-10.
Top seed and world No 1 Carolina Marin of Spain who was beaten by Tzu Ying in the China Open quarter-finals, advanced to the second round after breezing past Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-8, 21-14.
Indian shuttlers also enjoyed a good run in the men's singles with Swiss Open champion H.S. Prannoy, national champion Sameer Verma, Ajay Jayaram making the second round.
However, Malaysian hope Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin was first round casualty against Korea's Son Wan-ho. The fourth seeded Korean won in three sets 21-11, 19-21, 21-15.
The Malaysian reached his first Superseries semi-finals in the China Open where he lost to eventual champion Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark. The Dane will face Hong Kong's Wei Nan for a place in the quarter-final after defeating India's B. Sai Praneeth 21-18, 21-18. Wei Nan was a 21-17, 21-18 winner over Taiwan's Wang Tzu Wei.
Malaysia's independent player Chong Wei Feng gave a promising performance to upset Denmark Open winner and No 7 seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand. The Malaysian came back from a one set deficit to win 18-21, 21-19, 21-11 in an hour-long encounter.
Hong Kong's Lee Cheuk Yiu upset fifth seed Tian Houwei of China 22-20, 21-19 in 44 minutes in another first round match.
Malaysian pair were a bane for Denmark in the men's doubles. Top seeds and world No 1 Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong handed a Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen a 21-14, 21-15 beating in 41 minutes.
Another young Malaysian pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi upset fifth seeds Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding 21-19, 22-24, 21-18.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS (Selected)
Kazuma Sakai (Jpn) beat Shi Yuqi (Chn) 15-21, 21-18, 21-14
Sameer Verma (Ind) beat Takuma Ueda (Jpn) 22-20, 21-18
Chong Wei Feng (Mas) beat Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) 18-21, 21-19, 21-11
H. S. Prannoy (Ind) beat Qiao Bin (Chn) 21-16, 21-18
Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) beat Lee Hyun Il (Kor) 14-21, 21-16, 21-17
Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) beat Chou Tien Chen (Tpe) 21-19, 16-21, 21-18
Ajay Jayaram (Ind) beat Anthony Ginting (Ina) 21-15, 13-21, 21-16
Jan O Jorgensen (Den) beat B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) 21-18, 21-18
Wei Nan (Hkg) beat Wang Tzu Wei (Tpe) 21-17, 21-13
Huang Yuxiang (Chn) beat Ihsan Maulana Mustofa (Ina) 21-11, 21-15
Vincent Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) beat Lin Yu Hsien (Tpe) 21-10, 21-13
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) 21-14, 21-15
Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe (Jpn) beat Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) 27-25, 21-17
Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) beat Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge (Eng) 21-12, 19-21, 21-19
Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding (Den) 21-19, 22-24, 21-18
Kim Jae-hwan-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) beat Koo Kien Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) 21-19, 21-18
Lim Khim Wah-Ong Jian Guo (Mas) beat Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) 23-21, 21-11
Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) beat Chen Hung Ling-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) 22-20, 16-21, 21-19
Law Cheuk Him-Reginal Lee Chun Hei (Hkg) beat Bodin Isara-Nipitphon Phuangphuapet (Tha) 21-17, 9-7 (rtd)
Misaki Matsutmo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) beat Gabriel Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) 21-16, 21-11
Bao Yixin-Yu Xiahan (Chn) beat Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean (Mas) 12-21, 21-16, 21-18
Anggia Shitta Awanda-Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut (Ina) beat Poon Lok Yan-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 18-21, 21-5, 21-19
Vivain Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (Mas) beat Leung Sze Lok-Wu Yi Ting (Hkg) 21-11, 21-12
Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito (Jpn) beat Cynthia Shara Ayunidha-Novi Indriani (Ina) 21-6, 21-4
Naoko Fukuman-Kurumi Yanao (Jpn) beat Hsu Ya Ching- Wu Ti Jung (Tpe) 21-16, 20-22, 21-17
Tang Chun Man-Tze Ying Suet (Hkg) beat Ko Sung-hyun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) 21-15, 21-14
Reginald Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi-wah (Hkg) beat Kenta Kazuno-Ayane Kurihara (Jpn) 21-11, 21-15
Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) beat Abdelrahman Kashkal-Hadia Hosny (Egy)_ 21-5, 21-8
Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) beat Lin Chia Yu-Wu Ti Jung (Tpe) 21-16, 21-11
Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) beat Hafizz Faisal-Shela Devi Aulia (Ina) 21-17, 21-13
Bodin Isara-Savitree Amitrapai (Tha) beat Ronald Alexander-Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Ina) 21-15, 21-18
Zhang Nan-Huang Dongping (Chn) beat Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) 21-11, 21-14
Yugo Kobayashi-Misaki Matsutomo (Jpn) beat Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) 21-16, 21-18
Yoo Yeon-seong-Chang Ye-na (Kor) Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-12, 21-11
Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) beat Kim Jae-han-Lee So-hee (Kor) 21-15, 21-12
Wang Chi-lin-Lee Chia-hsin (Tpe) beat Irfan Fadhilah-Weni Anggraini (Ina) 21-11, 21-16