World Cup bronze medallist PV Sindhu made a winning start in the USD 200,000 Japan Open Super series in Tokyo on Wednesday. Seed No. 8 Sindhu defeated Japanese qualifier Yukino Nakai 21-12, 21-13 in just 29 minutes in a Round 1 match. Sindhu will play Japan's Akane Yamaguchi, another qualifier, in the second round on Thursday.
Interestingly, top-seeded Li Xuerui of China, who was in Sindhu's side of the women's singles draw, is out of the championship. Olympic champion Xuerui gave a first-round walkover to Japanese Aya Ohori. This means Sindhu, barring an upset, should easily make the semifinals where she could face the sixth seed Taiwanese Tzu Ying Tai.
It was Anand Pawar and K Srikanth who created a flutter at the Japan Open as they notched up stunning victories over their higher-ranked opponents in the men's singles competition in Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium.