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All England Open 2018: What's happened and what's next

All England Open 2018: Whats happened and whats next
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Published: 15 March 2018 7:37 AM GMT
So Day 1 was a mixed bag of emotions and results for India at the All England Open 2018. Some of the biggest names failed to make a mark while some survived frights and came out in one piece. The most disappointing part of the day was Saina Nehwal's straight games loss to Tai Tzu-Ying. The Indian shuttling superstarar looked far from in control of the match in the first game where she went down 14-21, which she was trailing 4-9 early on. Saina took control of the match in the second game Saina then extended the lead to 16-11, but the defending champion made it 15-16 and took control thereon. The game ended 18-21. Thankfully, Sindhu saved the day in women's single where she managed to crawl her way to the second round after faltering a little too many times initially against Pompowee. She won the match in three games 20-22, 21-17, 21-9. In Men's singles, Sai Praneeth made a first round exit despite picking up the first game. Korean shuttler Son Wan Ho took Praneeth out 13-21, 21-15, 21-11. H.S. Prannoy had a better outing of the day as he found his way into the second round after taking down Chou Tien Chen 9-21, 21-18, 21-18.
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