Indonesia Open: Sindhu survives Ohori scare, advances into second round

24-11-2021 Wed 15:38 IST | IANS | Sports
Indonesia Open: Sindhu survives Ohori scare, advances into second round

New Delhi, Nov 24:  Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the women's singles at the Indonesia Open 2021 in Bali on Wednesday after defeating Japans Aya Ohori 17-21, 21-17, 21-17.

In the second round, Sindhu will face Germany's Yvonne Li, who edged past Turkish shuttler Neslihan Yigit 19-21, 23-21, 21-13.

The world No. 22 Ohori's aggressive play caught Sindhu off guard as she conceded a 13-9 lead in the first game. However using her experience, Sindhu rallied back to draw level at 15-15 and even took a one-point lead. But Ohori responded with four consecutive points and wrapped up the first game 21-17.

Ohori carried her rhythm into the second game, racing to a 4-0 lead but Sindhu amped up her game to take the second game 21-17 and forced a decider.

The third game proved to be a closely-fought affair as both players enjoyed patches of dominance. However, with the score level at 15-15, Sindhu found her flow and repeated the second-game scoreline to win the match in one hour and 10 minutes.

In the mixed doubles, India's Dhruv Kapila and N Sikki Reddy bowed out following a 21-7, 21-12 defeat to Japan's Kyohei Yamashita and Naru Shinoya.

Former world No. 1 men's singles player Kidambi Srikanth will be in action later in the day.


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