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Mixed day for Indian shuttlers at Australia Open

IANS logoIANS 21-06-2017

World No.15 Saina defeated fourth-ranked South Korean player Sung Ji Hyun 21-10, 21-16 in a match which lasted only 38 minutes. In another match, Rio Olympics gold medallist Sindhu edged past Japanese Sayaka Sato 21-17, 14-21, 21-18 in a 65 minutes gruelling match.

In men's singles category, 14th-ranked Praneeth came back from one set down to oust Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 10-21, 21-12, 21-10 in 47 minutes while Guntur player Srikanth comfortably brushed aside Kan Chao Yu of Chinese Taipei 21-13, 21-16 in just 27 minutes.

Among other shuttlers, Jayaram was eliminated by Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong 21-14, 10-21, 9-21 in a match that lasted around 42 minutes. Parupalli Kashyap bowed out of the tournament, going down to top seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea 18-21, 21-14, 15-21 in a match that was very competitive for its entire duration of 65 minutes.

Prannoy also put up a dismal performance and bowed out of the meet. The Indian shuttler was defeated by Rajiv Ouseph of England 19-21, 13-21 in a 37 minute match.

In the mixed doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa were defeated by Hong Kong's Lee Chun Hei Reginald and Hoi Wah 13-21, 17-21.

In men's doubles, the Indian duo of Francis Alwin and Kona Tarun was also eliminated by Indonesia-Malaysia pair of Hendra Setiawan and Boon Heong Tan 17-21, 15-21 in a lop-sided match. Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy were also beaten by Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda 20-22, 6-21 in a 34 minute match.

Ashwini Ponnappa and Reddy N. Sikki brought some good news in the women's doubles category defeating the Australian pair of Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen and Jennifer Tam 21-11, 21-13 in 29 minute match.

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