Korea Open: Sai Praneeth retires, Kashyap advances

B. Sai Praneeth had lost the first game and was trailing 7-11 in the second when he retired from his first-round match at the Korea Open badminton tournament.

Sai Praneeth lost to Anders Antonsen of Denmark.   -  Reuters

India's B. Sai Praneeth retired midway through the second game of his first-round match while Parupalli Kashyap eased through to the round of 16 in a straight games win at the Korea Open Super 500 tournament on Wednesday.

Sai Praneeth retired midway through the second game, sending Anders Antonsen of Denmark through to the round of 16.

The 27-year-old had lost the first game 9-21 and was trailing 7-11 in the second when he chose to retire because of injury.

Sai Praneeth entered the Korea Open on the back of an exit at the quarterfinal stage of the China Open last week, before which he ended India's 36-year wait for a medal at the World Championships.

- Kashyap progresses to round of 16 -

Parupalli Kashyap won in straight games 21-16, 21-16 against Taiwanese player Chia Hung Lu in the first round. The Indian ace shuttler will face Liew D of Malaysia in pre quarter finals.

- Attri, Reddy; Rankireddy, Shetty crash out -

In men's doubles, the Indian pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy was knocked out in the first round as the duo lost to China's Huang Kaixiang and Cheng Liu 16-21, 21-19, 18-21.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty too were knocked out in the first round as they lost to Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda 19-21, 21-18, 18-21.

-  Sindhu, Saina suffer big blow-

Upset for the Indians at Incheon continued as P.V. Sindhu was handed a first-round women's singles exit by USA's Beiwen Zhang. The Indian shuttler bowed down 21-7, 22-24, 15-21 to Beiwen.

This was Sindhu's second early exit from a tournament after she won the World Championships gold last month in Basel. At the China Open she was knocked out by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round.

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Saina was forced to pull out retired hurt in the third game against Kim Ga Eun of Korea. She started off by taking the first game 21-19, then conceded the second 18-21 before retiring in the decider while trailing 1-8.

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