China Open: Srikanth advances, Prannoy exits

Follow the live updates from the day two action of the China Open.

Kidambi Srikanth takes on Rasmus Gemke of Denmark.   -  AFP

Hello and welcome to the updates from day two action of the China Open.

5:50 pm: H.S. Prannoy loses to Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka Long 21-16, 21-12. That was the last match involving an Indian at the China Open today.

5:30pm: H.S. Prannoy has lost the first game 21-16 to Angus Ng Ka Long in his opening match.

4:44 pm: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty go down to Malaysian duo Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan 21-19, 22-20.

2:08pm: This has been a neck-and-neck battle and now match point for Srikanth and he seals the match 21-9, 21-19 to progress to the next round.

2:01pm: Gemke goes to the interval of the first game with a slender 11-9 lead. Can Srikanth bounce back? Srikanth not giving it away and draws equal at 18-18 with a smash.

1:53pm: Srikanth looks to be in a hurry to wrap up things and has been relentless with his smashes. That was said too early as Gemke takes the lead for the first time in the match.

1:49pm: Gemke takes four successive points but not enough to stop Srikanth to walk away with the first game 21-9.

1:47pm: Srikanth dominating the proceedings and now four points away from taking the first game. A comeback from his opponent in this match looks quite unlikely.

1:37pm: Now its time for men's singles action where Kidambi Srikanth takes on Rasmus Gemke of Denmark. No resistance whatsoever from the Danish shuttler as Srikanth cruises to a 11-2 lead at the interval of the first game.

11:07am: Carolina Marin storms into the pre-quarters with 21-13, 21-13 win over Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark.

10:41am: Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj advance in mixed doubles event after beating Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith of England 21-13, 20-22, 21-17. A closely fought match, but brilliant badminton by the Indian duo.

10:26am: Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj raise the ante in the deciding game by taking a healthy 8-2 lead. But from here on both can't afford a lapse.

10:19am: The English pair of Smith and Ellis stay alive in the match after clinching the second game 22-20. After a sloppy first game, the England team made a great comeback and now all eyes on the decider.

10:05am: At the interval of the second game, the English duo has a lead of 11-6 over Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj.

9:53am: Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj take the first game 21-13. Meanwhile, later in the day Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy will be in action in their respective singles matches.

9:43am: India's action on day two has started with mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj is up against Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis of England.


P.V. Sindhu progressed to the pre-quarterfinals but Saina Nehwal bowed out after a narrow loss at the China Open Super Series World Tour Super 1000 tournament here.

The third-seeded Indian, who had clinched the China Open title in 2016, defeated World No. 39 Saena Kawakami of Japan 21-15, 21-13 in the opening round.

However, two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina, who was the first Indian to win the China title in 2014, lost 22-20, 8-21, 14-21 to Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun in a 48-minute opener.

Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, the national champions, defeated Chinese Taipei’s Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng 13-21, 21-13, 21-12 in 39 minutes to enter the second round.