HS Prannoy upsets Kidambi Srikanth in first round of Japan Open; Sindhu advances

HS PranoyIndia's HS Prannoy got the better of compatriot Kidambi Srikanth 13-21, 21-11, 22-20 to move into the second round of Japan Open on Wednesday.

Eighth seed Srikanth won the first game comprehensively 21-13. However, Prannoy fought back hard in the next two games to clinch the match that lasted for an hour.

Meanwhile, PV Sindhu got the better of Yue Han 21-9, 21-17 to start her Japan Open campaign on a winning note. Sindhu ended the match in 37 minutes in straight games and advanced to the second round of the tournament.

Though, Sindhu was trailing in the second game at mid-break 11-7, she came back strongly to register an easy win.

In the mixed doubles event, the Indian pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Reddy N. Sikki crashed out of the tournament, losing to the Chinese pair of Zhend Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiaong 11-21, 14-21 in the opening match.