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.

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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.