Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu shone in the opening battle of Hong Kong Open 2019 as she defeated Kim Ga Eun of Korea in the straight sets with the comfortable margin of 21-15, 21-16 on Tuesday. In the match lasted for 36 minutes, World Champion Sindhu produced a spectacular performance against the strong Korean opponent. She dominated the game right from the beginning and didn’t give any chance to Kim to make a comeback. As a result, Sindhu emerged victorious in the thrilling campaign opener and also paved her way towards the second encounter of the prestigious event.
After her successful stint in BWF World Championship 2019, Sindhu has not witnessed any big title victory in the international tours. Whether it was China Open or Korea Open 2019, Sindhu lost her respective bouts in the past few tournaments. But now after having an excellent start in the ongoing Hong Kong Open tournament, she gained that confidence one more time.
While encouraging her after an amazing victory in Hong Kong Open 2019, badminton head coach Pullela Gopichand said, “she’s our best bet going into the big tournaments. This is what happened last year as well. She did not have a great result in October, November and in December at the year-end she beat everybody. So I’m confident that she’ll make a comeback quickly”.
Sindhu will next take on Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the upcoming battle on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see whether the Indian veteran will be able to keep her winning momentum alive or the Thai player will crash her hopes in this tournament also.
Meanwhile, in the men’s singles category, HS Prannoy also progressed to the second round of Hong Kong Open 2019 after beating Huan Yu Xiang of China by 21-17, 21-17 verdict. Prannoy has now joined his Indian fellow Kidambi Srikanth in the second-round game on Wednesday. Kidambi has booked his place in the second encounter after his opponent world no.1 Kento Momota withdrew from the grand tournament. Now it will be interesting to see how these two Indian legends will perform in their respective battles in the ongoing event.