Japan SS: Srikanth, Prannoy, Sameer, Saina & Satwik/Ashwini in RD 2

Lynette Rowe
September 22, 2017

Okuhara though avoided further mistakes as she bagged the first game 21-18. The world no. 4 will next face world champion Nozomi Okuhara, for the third time in as many tournaments.

London Olympics bronze medallist will take on reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the next round. Sindhu, seeded 4th, lost in straight games against local girl Nozomi Okuhara whom she had defeated in the Korea Open Final on Sunday.

The second game was a different scene altogether.

With Nehwal's defeat, India's challenge in women's singles event also folded. The eighth-seeded Indian has a 2-2 head-to-head count against Yun.

On the other hand, US Open Champion HS Prannoy managed to upstage Chinese Taipei's Hsu Jen Hao 21-16, 23-21 in an hour.

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Prannoy will now take on second-seed Shi Yuqi of Hong Kong for a place in the semi-finals.

The rock-steady Prannoy experienced some anxious moments in the second game before getting the measure of the Taiwanese player. On the day he achieved his career-best ranking of 21, Sameer could not hold on to his good start against the second-seeded Shi Yuqi and went down 21-10, 17-21, 15-21 in a marathon 65-minute second round contest.

Sameer, who had a storming start to the match, fell behind early in the second game, and found it impossible to fully make up a 7-17 deficit though he did try his utmost.

On the other hand, World No 8 Kidambi Srikanth outclassed Hong Kong's Hu Yun 21-12 21-11 to enter the quarters. But it was a disappointing result for the Indian star as she went down 21-16, 21-13 to the Spanish shuttler. But then, that problem will also affect the hard-hitting Axelsen; and the match could come down to a single factor - who controls the net and gets his rival to lift the shuttle to the midcourt, for the administration of the coup-de-grace.

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