In Hong Kong Open Badminton, World Champion P V Sindhu started her campaign in style by progressing to the second round. Sixth seed Sindhu took 36 minutes to see off world no 19 Kim Ga Eun of Korea. She will face Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan next. However, Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma were ousted in their respective opening rounds.
Eighth-seeded Saina, suffered her fifth first-round loss in the last six tournaments, going down to China’s Cai Yan Yan for the second successive time. World no.16 Sameer fought for 54 minutes before going to Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei 11-21, 21-13, 8-21 in the opening match. It was his third successive loss in the opening round.