Impressive Start by Angga/Ricky – India Open: Day 1

Second seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia stumbled in the first round of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019, suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of Angga Pratama and Ricky Karandasuwardi of Indonesia in New Delhi yesterday.

Their defeat followed the exit of fourth seeds Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov (Russia) to Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin.

Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang (left) and Wang Chi-Lin.

Match of the Session

The highlight of the day was the come-from-behind win of Pratama and Karandasuwardi, who improved their record to 4-0 over the Olympic silver medallists.

The Indonesians were up 10-3 in the opening game before the Malaysians got going. A flurry of errors late in the game by the Indonesians helped their opponents take the lead, but Pratama and Karandasuwardi shook off their tardiness and prevailed in a close second game.

Goh and Tan had everything going for them after the break in the third game, working up a 17-12 lead, but Karandasuwardi and Pratama stepped on the gas at the right moment with a sequence of five straight points before edging out their opponents, 17-21 23-21 21-19.

Other Results

  • For the home crowd, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy found form, making the second round of women’s doubles with a close win over sixth seeds Li Wenmei/Zheng Yu of China, 22-20 21-19.
  • World Junior champions Liu Xuanxuan/Xia Yuting (China) eased into the second round with a comfortable 21-10 21-19 result over Indonesia’s Anggia Shitta Awanda/Pia Zebediah Bernadet.
  • Women’s doubles seventh seeds Mahadewi Istarani Ni Ketut/Rizki Amelia Pradipta fell at the hands of their compatriots Della Destiara Haris/Tania Oktaviani Kusumah, 21-16 21-18.

Talking Point

Ashwini Ponnappa (left) and Sikki Reddy.

“We got really good training last week under our new coach (Flandy Limpele). We had stretched top players in the past but couldn’t convert it to a win, so it gives us a lot of confidence to be able to do that,” Ponnappa said, following the Indians’ impressive win over the Chinese sixth seeds.

“We really want to win a couple of tournaments. For us, it has been first and second round exits and we really want to break the jinx. Today’s match has given us that confidence. Consistently entering the quarters and semis is our aim.”

Did You Know?

World Junior champions Liu Xuanxuan/Xia Yuting are winners of the Austrian Open and runners-up at the Lingshui China Masters this year.

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