PV Sindhu advances to second round, Ashmita Chaliha upsets fifth seed Evgeniya Kosetskaya

PV Sindhu defeated Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli at the India Open, while Ashmita Chaliha defeated Evgeniya Kosetskaya.

Young Indian shuttler Ashmita Chaliha stunned fifth seed Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the first round of the India Open on Tuesday, while top seed PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the women’s singles tournament. Unseeded Chaliha beat world number 28 Russian 24-22 21-16 in in 31 minutes, while double Olympic medalist Sindhu breezed through compatriot Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli 21-5 21-16 in her first round. Chirag Sen, on the other hand, was eliminated in the first round of the men’s singles, losing 8-21 7-21 to Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven.

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Chaliha got off to a good start in her opener, using her down-the-line smashes to take an 11-5 lead.

After the break, though, the Indian made a slew of errors, and Kosetsyaka pounced on the opportunity to tie the game at 14-14 and then rally from 16-19 to gain her first game point.

But the Guwahati girl, who had lost to the Russian in their previous match in 2019, regrouped and forced an unforced error from her opponent before saving two more game points and claiming the opener with a smash.

The second game followed a similar pattern, with Chaliha taking an 11-4 lead only to be beaten 19-16 by the Russian. The Indian, on the other hand, was in better control this time and held her cool under pressure to finish the match in 31 minutes.

PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu

“In the last few years, I haven’t played a lot of matches.” So I was worried, and it showed in the middle of the first game. “However, after winning the first game, I felt more confident and calm in the second game,” Chaliha stated afterward.

“It’s a major tournament, and I was looking forward to playing the Russian, but I played it safe and was able to win.”

“This was one of my most significant victories.” “I had played her before and had lost to her in a series of games, so this was my biggest win,” she said in a virtual press conference.

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Chaliha will next face Yaelle Hoyaux of France, who defeated Riya Mookerjee of India 14-21 13-21.

Sindhu will face the winner of the match between Hany Doha of Egypt and Ira Sharma of India.

Despite the easy victory, Sindhu believes that honing one’s skills during the off-season is crucial to success in a competitive sport like badminton.

“I definitely need to fine-tune my game and concentrate on my talents, as well as add new weaponry, because everyone will be able to read your game.”

“It’s crucial to adjust your game against that player because they now watch your prior matches,” Sindhu insisted.

“You have to comprehend the game at times, play fast at times, and be consistent in rallies.”

“I have to work on it slowly, not just play one sort of game,” he says. “Sometimes my opponents won’t let me attack, so I have to play a defensive game and be amazing at it.”

Sindhu remarked of her debut appearance in this year’s India Open, “I played with her a long time ago.” I didn’t take it easy on myself. The first game is usually crucial. I had to make sure that my strokes were coming in well on the first day at the stadium, and I just kept the lead and finished the match.”

In other matches from the first session, K Sai Prateekh and Gayatri Gopichand upset Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Castro 21-16 16-21 21-17 in mixed doubles.

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Indonesia’s top seeds, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, won their first match by defeating India’s Prem Singh Chouhan and Rajesh Verma 21-18 21-10 in the men’s doubles.

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