Indian athletes have been making India proud this year with their exceptional play in recent Asian Games 2018 and continue to make us proud at various other events.
Recently, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy scored easy victories to progress to the second round of their respective events at the Japan Open, on Tuesday.
Sindhu has been outstanding with silver medals in all the major events this year - the Commonwealth Games, the World Championship and the Asian Games but the gold has been eluding the Indian for a while now.
Third seed Sindhu had to sweat it out for 53 minutes before prevailing 21-17 7-21 21-13 over unseeded local girl Sayaka Takahashi in her women's singles opening round.
Having finished second-best yet again with a historic silver in the Asian Games, Olympic medallist Sindhu would be desperate to break the final jinx here.
Sindhu will next play Chinese Fangjie Gao, who left behind the other Indian in fray Jakka Vaishnavi Reddy 21-10 21-8.
In men's singles, Prannoy left behind current Asian Games gold medallist, Jonathan Christie of Indonesia 21-18 21-17, while Srikanth got the better of Chinese Yuxiang Huang 21-13 21-15 in another first-round match.
However, it was curtains for another Indian, Sameer Verma, who repelled hard before going down 18-21 22-20 10-21 in another men's singles opening round encounter.
The combination of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy sailed into the next round with a 21-9 21-6 victory over Malaysian duo of Mathew Fogarty and Isabel Zhong.
Chopra and Reddy will face another Malaysian combination of Peng Soon Chang and Liu Ying Goh in the next round.
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