Australian Open Badminton tournament kicks off in Sydney
The Australian Open Badminton tournament kicked off in Sydney on Tuesday. On the first day, Indian pair of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly advanced to the second round of the Women’s Doubles event.
The Indian pair defeated the Canadian combination of Catherine Choi and Josephine Wu 21-16, 21-17 in the Round of 32. In the pre-quarterfinal, they will face Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara, who are ranked fourth in the world.
Another Indian Women’s Doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto were eliminated after losing to Indonesia’s Febriana Kusuma and Aallania Pratiwi 11-21, 21-14,17-21 in the opening round.
Earlier in the day, N Sikki Reddy, who teamed up with Arathi Sara Sunil lost their opening round match of Women’s Doubles against Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Zharka and Mariia Stoliarenko 19-21, 21-15, 19-21.
Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and Commonwealth Games champion Lakshya Sen will be seen in action at the tournament from tomorrow. The Australian Open will conclude on Sunday.