Indian Shuttlers See Good Day at Australia Open

Saina Nehwal too had a positive outing 21-15, 20-22, 21-14 against Soniia Cheah.

In the women's singles, Saina was up against a tough opponent in fourth seed Sung Ji Hyun of Korea but the former world no.1 showed her masterclass to beat her opponent in straight games 21-10 21-16.

He had previously defeated qualifier Kan Chao Yu and World no. 1 Son Wan Ho in the first two rounds and will next face the victor of the match between China's Yuqi Shi and defending champion Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus in the semi-final.

The Indian women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy defeated Australia's Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen and Jennifer Tam 21-11, 21-13 to reach the second round.

The second game started on a similar note, with Praneeth taking an early lead of 4-1.

In another match, Sai Praneeth staved off a challenge from Chinas Huang Yuxiang 21-15, 18-21, 21-13 in a match that lasted 64 minutes. However, the Hyderabadi player didn't manage to hold Kidambi, who eventually extended his lead to 11-9 at the break of the second game. Overall, it is his third Super Series title as he has also emerged champion at the Indian Open Super Series in 2015.

The manner in which the Indian shuttling brigade has been playing of late, they had every chance of taking all-comers in their stride until the summit clash.

Kidambi Srikanth of India plays a shot during his Australian Super Series match against Son Wan Ho of Korea at the Sydney Olympic Park, on Thursday. You have to be more steady than him or you have to crack him. Srikanth has pulled it off for the second time in a week's span. Srikanth made a comeback after losing the first set by 13-21.

Th 28-year-old Long had outlasted his 33-year-old compatriot in the final of the Badminton Asia tournament, a month-and-a-half back.

  • Leroy Wright