Japan Open 2019: Victories for P.V. Sindhu, Sai Praneeth

Fifth seed Sindhu defeated Aya Ohori 11-21, 21-10, 21-13 in the Japan Open second round clash.

Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu will take on Aya Ohori of Japan in the second round of Japan Open 2019 on Thursday.   -  FILE PHOTO/ RITU RAJ KONWAR

P.V. Sindhu has been brilliant today. Despite a defeat in the first game, she bounced back in style, to get the better off Aya Ohori in a Japan Open 2019 clash.

11: 38 AM: THAT'S IT THEN. P.V. Sindhu has defeated Aya Ohori 11-21, 21-10, 21-13.

11: 37 AM: 20-12 for Sindhu. What a turnaround this has been for her!

11: 35 AM: 18-11 for Sindhu. She looks set to clinch this game.

11: 28 AM: 11-8 for Sindhu. 

11:26 AM: Never say never! Ohori has made it 8-8. What a game this is turning out to be!

11: 23 AM: Well, the lead has been extended to 7-4. Sindhu is on a roll!

11: 19 AM: Sindhu marches on. She has taken a 5-2 lead!

11: 13 AM: THAT'S IT. P.V. Sindhu has clinched the second game 21-10!

11: 12 AM: This in incredible. After losing the first game, P.V. Sindhu has gone on to take a 20-9 lead in the second. Looks evident that she will win this one!

11: 10 AM: 15-8. P.V. Sindhu has indeed staged a comeback!

11: 08 AM: That's 12-6 for Sindhu. What a fightback this has been for the Indian ace.... Well, make that 14-6!

11: 06 AM: Make that 11-6 in favour of P.V. Sindhu!

11: 05 AM: Sindhu has upped her game. She has taken a 9-6 lead in the second game to put the pressure back on Aya Ohori.

11: 01 AM: It's 4-6 now. Ohori has grabbed another point!

11: 00 AM: Another point in Sindhu's kitty!  It's Sindhu 5, Ohori 3. Wait, make that 6 for Sindhu.

10: 59 AM: There you go! P.V. Sindhu has taken a 4-2 lead over Ohori. Is this an indication of a turnaround?

10: 58 AM: Make that 2-2!

10: 57 AM: Second game begins. It's 2-1 now. Can Sindhu pull this one off?

10: 54 AM: There you go. Aya Ohori has clinched a 21-11 lead.

10: 53 AM: Make that 20-11. Ohori looks set to win the first game.

10: 52 AM: 18-11. Ohori is going strong here. Sindhu needs to come up with a plan.

10: 50 AM: That's 16-10.

10: 49 AM: Well, that's 13-9! Sindhu needs a strong fight back here. Ohori is leaving no stone unturned to put the Indian under pressure.... As we speak, the scoreline has gone up to 15-9 in favour of Ohori.

10: 48 AM: As we speak, the scoreline has gone to 12-9 in Ohori's favour.

10: 47 AM: Make that 8-11. Sindhu is trying to bounce back.

We are back in action. P.V. Sindhu is up against Japan's Aya Ohori and the Indian ace is trailing 7-11 in the first game... Can she pull this one off?

 

 

The athletic Indian shuttler had it easy in the first round as she breezed past unseeded Chinese Han Yue 21-9 21-17 in 37 minutes to set up the clash against Ohori.

Sindhu — who missed out on the Indonesia Open title by a whisker last week — will be looking to make amends.

9:30 am: The latest update from Tokyo is that B. Sai Praneeth has beaten Kanta Tsuneyama 21-13 21-16 to progress to the next round. It was an easy victory for the Indian who will be facing Tommy Sugiarto in the quarterfinals.

Earlier, Praneeth recorded a comfortable win over World No. 11 Kenta Nishimoto in the first round.

9:49 am: P.V. Sindhu-Aya Ohori head-to-head record is 7-0 in favour of the Indian.

Japanese shuttler Aya Ohori in action against P.V. Sindhu at the Indonesia Open 2019.   -  GETTY IMAGES

They last met at the Indonesia Open last week where Sindhu triumphed 21-11 15-21 15-21.

Here's a quick recap of the first round matches that took place on Wednesday.

It was curtains for eighth seed Kidambi Srikanth, whose poor run of form continued as he crashed out after suffering defeat at the hands of compatriot H.S. Prannoy earlier in the day. Prannoy stunned the higher-ranked Srikanth 13-21, 21-11, 22-20 in a match that lasted 59 minutes at the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament.

It was disappointment for Sameer Verma as well as he lost to Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in straight games in another men’s singles match. The unseeded Indian lost 17-21, 12-21 in the contest that lasted 46 minutes.

There was some good news for India in the men’s doubles competition as Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated the English pair of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge 21-16, 21-17 to enter the second round. They will next be up against the winner of another first-round match between Korean pair of Solgyu Choi and Seung Jae Seo and China’s Kai Xiang Huang and Cheng Liu.