All England Championships: Sindhu crashes out in Round 1, Sai Praneeth knocks out Prannoy

first_img Abreshmina S Quadri BirminghamMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 18:44 IST All England Championships 2019: PV Sindhu played her first match since Indonesia Masters in January. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu lost 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 to world No.10 Sung Ji HyunB Sai Praneeth took 52 minutes to beat HS Prannoy to enter Round 2Praneeth will face Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus in next roundPV Sindhu was knocked out of the first round of All England Championships on Wednesday after a 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 loss to South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun in Birminghan. This was Sindhu’s second straight loss to Sung Ji, with her previous loss coming in Hong Kong Open last year.No Indian has won the All England since Pullela Gopichand in 2001 and a lot of hopes had been pinned on the trio of Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth. Perhaps it was that expectation that bogged her down.Sindhu never looked in her elements throughout the match as Sung Ji comfortably took the game to the Indian.There’s just something in the Birmingham air that PV Sindhu can’t quite master! Simply brilliant on the world tour but a R1 exit today.Yonex All England (@YonexAllEngland) March 6, 2019Sindhu started the match well leading 6-3 over Sung Ji, however, she looked nervous and anxious and the South Korean made the best of it. Sindhu was pushing everything at the net to the back of the court and Sung Ji used that to her advantage to set herself up for points. Sung Ji went into the break with an 11-8 lead.Sindhu fought back hard after the break trying to take more control of the net but mistakes in around-the-head situations and straight drop shots meant Sung Ji stayed on top.Sung Ji displayed some good attacking prowess along with some beautiful defence and took the first game 21-16 comfortably.The second game began in a similar manner – a confident Sung Ji displayed good all-court play and a frustrated Sindhu struggled to handle the drift and the slow conditions.advertisementWhat was costing Sindhu was the fact that she was not patient enough in the rallies while Sung Ji showed patience and waited for her opportunities.Sung Ji brought up three match point opportunities for herself in the second game only for Sindhu to save them all and take the game 22-20.In the decider however, Sung Ji did not show any signs of being bogged down by the loss in the second game and continued with her game plan of patient play.Sindhu was tentative throughout and despite a fiery showing by the end of the second game, she did not show much improvement in the third.Sung Ji Hyun once again came up trumps to bring up match points 20-13 but Sindhu once again got the nerves going only for Sung Ji to seal it in her 9th match point opportunity.SAI PRANEETH KNOCKS OUT HS PRANNOYB Sai Praneeth advanced to the second round of All England Championships in Birmingham on Wednesday after knocking out his compatriot HS Prannoy in the first round. Praneeth took 52 minutes to beat Prannoy 21-19, 21-19 to advance to the next round, where he will face Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus, who earlier beat Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia 21-18, 13-21, 21-11.With the win, Praneeth equalled 2-2 with Prannoy in their head-to-head record. Praneeth had lost the last two encounters between the two in 2013 and 2011 but turned up with his best on Wednesday.Prannoy, who is still trying to come back after a spate of injuries and health issues last year, tried to hang in there and played some good badminton but Praneeth just brought more quality in his strokes at crucial junctures.It’s @saiprneeth92 who wins the all clash with @PRANNOYHSPRI as the men’s singles action gets underway @ArenaBirmingham #YAE19 #allengland19 https://t.co/Qo9sZYd3XDReaction pic.twitter.com/6Eh958osC6Yonex All England (@YonexAllEngland) March 6, 2019The match began neck-and-neck with the two Indians exchanging points but Praneeth soon started taking an upper hand and went into the break with an 11-9 advantage.Prannoy kept fighting back though and was locked at 19-19, when he served wide to hand the game point to Praneeth. Praneeth made the best of the situation and pocketed the first game 21-19.In the second game, Praneeth was ahead of Prannoy from the very start, showing some excellent defence and cross-court smashing. Praneeth went into the break with an 11-9 advantage.Despite a continuous fight from Prannoy, Praneeth managed to uphold his lead and brought up four match points at 20-16.A few mistakes from Praneeth and some quality badminton from Prannoy made it much trickier for the former as Prannoy closed the gap to 19-20.However, a hit at the net from Prannoy meant Praneeth let out a shriek to celebrate his first round win.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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