Singapore Open 2017: After a Day of Long Battles, 4 QF spots for Indians

Ashwini Ponnappa

After a promising Day 1 contingent reduced to just 5 in Round 2, Indians played 5 matches in the 2nd Round today and all went to the decider sets lasting almost an hour or more. Ashwini Ponnappa won with Sumeeth Reddy but with Sikki Reddy lost against the top seed Japanese pair after a tough 3-set tie. Sindhu, Srikanth and Sai Praneeth were also stretched to three sets but all managed to enter quaerterfinals. In QF tomorrow, Sindhu meets Marin for 10th time to level career meets record, Praneeth meets 8th seed from Thailand, having lost both career matches while Srikanth is up against 5th seed Chinese for the first time. Mixed Doubles team meets 3rd seed Chinese pair. All are up against the wall!! Who will breach the tough wall to reach semifinals of Singapore Open 2017!! Remember, Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to have won a title at Singapore.

Today’s Results

    Sumeeth Reddy / Ashwini Ponnappa def Korean pair 17-21 21-17 21-16 in 54 minutes
    Sai Praneeth B def Bin Qiao (China) 21-15 21-23 21-16 in 1 hour 12 minutes
    5th PV Sindhu def Fitriani (Indonesia) 19-21 21-17 21-8 in 1 hour
    Srikanth Kidambi def Mustofa (Indonesia) 18-21 21-19 22-20 in 1 hour 21 minutes
    Ashwini Ponnappa / Sikki Reddy lost to top seed Japanese pair 21-11 19-21 21-12 in 55 minutes

QF Schedule for Indians
Srikanth and Yuqi meet first time while Sai Praneeth has lost both previous matches to Tanongsak. After two consecutive victories, Sindhu trails Marin 4-5 in career meets.

    1 p.m. Sai Praneeth vs 8th seed Tanongsak (Thailand)
    1.45 p.m. Sumeeth Reddy / Ashwini Ponnappa vs 3rd seed Chinese pair
    5p.m. 5th seed PV Sindhu vs 4th seed Carolina Marin
    6.30 p.m. Srikanth Kidambi vs 5th seed Yuqi Shi (China)
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