Ashmita Chaliha and Mithun Manjunath, on Wednesday, July 13, secured wins to grab the headlines on Day 2 of the ongoing Singapore Open Super 500.
Mithun defeated World championship silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth 21-17 15-21 21-18 in the men’s singles. Ashmita, on the other hand, beat World No.1 Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-16 21-11 in the women’s singles.
Mithun, who’s also the world no.77, will next lock horns with Nhat Nguyen, even as Ashmita will face Han Yue from China.
P V Sindhu, who’s a two-time Olympic medallist, and HS Prannoy advanced to the second round of the tournament
Sindhu dominated her opponent and beat Belgium World No.36 Lianne Tan 21-15 21-11. The youngster is next scheduled to cross swords with Thuy Linh Nguyen from Vietnam.
Prannoy, who had earlier qualified for the semi-finals at the Malaysia Masters, defeated Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin 21-13 21-16. He will next be up against Chou Tien Chen, whom he had defeated at the Malaysia Open.
Saina Nehwal, who won the bronze medal in the London Olympics, beat Malvika Bansod 21-18 21-14 and progressed to the second round.
As far as Manjunath is concerned, he seized the initiative after taking a 6-2 lead against Srikanth and won the opening game without having to break much sweat.
Thereafter, Srikanth turned his fortunes around as he enjoyed a 11-8 cushion at the break and kept extending his lead.
The decider turned out to be an absolute humdinger, but it was Manjunath who came up trumps.
Srikanth managed to take a 16-15 lead at one stage, but Manjunath didn’t allow his opponent to dominate. Manjunath took three points in a row from 18-18 and sealed the fate of the match.
Earlier in 2022, Manjunath was tested positive for COVID-19 and had to pull out of the India Open Super 500 in January. Later, he played for the Indian team in the Badminton Asia Team.
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