Hong Kong: World Champion P V Sindhu made a positive start to her campaign but Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma were ousted from the Hong Kong Open after suffering contrasting defeats in the opening round of the USD 400,000 event in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Sixth seed Sindhu, who had faltered in the opening round in a couple of recent tournaments, took 36 minutes to see off world no 19 Kim Ga Eun of Korea 21-15 21-16 to progress to the second round. The Olympic silver medallist will face Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan next. However, eighth seed Saina, who claimed the Indonesia Masters in January this year, suffered her fifth first-round loss in the last six tournaments, going down 13-21 20-22 to China’s Cai Yan Yan for the second successive time. She had lost to Cai at China Open last week.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. Saina and Sameer are both scheduled to play Gwangju Korea Masters Super 300 tournament next week. World No 6 Sindhu moved to a 8-4 lead early on but Kim managed to turn the tables, holding a 11-10 advantage at the breather. The Indian then reeled off six points at 13-13 to march ahead and seal the opening game. The second game was no different as Sindhu again broke off at 5-5, grabbing seven points on the trot to move to a massive 12-5 lead.The Indian kept moving ahead and eventually shut the door comfortably on her opponent. Earlier, Saina lacked the wherewithal to put up a fight against Cai in the opening game and fell behind from the very start. She couldn’t catch up with the Chinese, who moved to a comfortable 11-4 lead at the break and kept surging ahead to win the first game. In the second game, Saina was 3-0 up initially but Cai reeled off seven straight points at 2-4 to jump to a 9-4 advantage. The Indian narrowed the gap but Cai was ahead 11-9 at the breather. After the interval, the Chinese jumped to a 17-11 advantage.Also Read | PV Sindhu Eyes Reversal Of Fortunes In Danish Open Badminton TournamentHowever, Saina managed to fight back and grab a game point at 20-19 but the Chinese once again managed to nose ahead. Sameer, on the other hand, managed to take one game away from the world no.26 Wang after meekly surrendering the opening game. Wang was 7-4 up and then surged to 15-5 in a jiffy to eventually close the opening game. In the second game, Wang led 3-0 early on but this time Sameer put up a fierce fight to open up a slender 11-10 lead, which he capitalised to roar back into the contest. However, Sameer was completely blown away by Wang in the decider. The Taiwanese shuttler zoomed to an 8-0 lead and then grabbed a 15-2 advantage, a gap which the Indian failed to bridge in the end. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
On Wednesday, the No. 11-seeded University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (8-21, 3-13 Big Ten) will face No. 14 Rutgers (6-23, 3-13 Big Ten) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The winner of the matchup will advance to play No. 6 Michigan State the following day.Despite a 71-60 loss on the road to Iowa in their last game of the regular season, the Badgers ended things on an overall high note. Wisconsin won three of its last six outings with each of its wins coming on the Badgers’ home court. One of those late-season wins came against the Scarlet Knights.Wisconsin ended up splitting the season series with Rutgers, with each team triumphing when they were at home. In both of their meetings, the winner went on to defeat their opponent by double digits.Women’s basketball: Badgers take last home game en route of consecutive winsThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (8-20, 3-12 Big Ten) capped off their home campaign Wednesday evening by beating Read…The end of the season was not as kind to Rutgers as it was to Wisconsin. The Scarlet Knights dropped their last 10 regular season games; two ugly blowouts against Northwestern and Ohio State to close things out marked their breakdown.With Rutgers holding the conference’s third-best defense in points allowed per game and the worst scoring offense, Wednesday’s matchup will presumably be low-scoring, especially considering Wisconsin is the second-lowest scoring offense.While the Badgers have been far from great from the 3-point range this season, no team has been as ineffective as the Scarlet Knights from deep. They have been the Big Ten’s least efficient at shooting the long ball and have posted a 3-point field goal percentage of 28.6 percent.Women’s basketball: Badgers have chance at victory in final home game of season against IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (7-20, 2-12 Big Ten) will face off against Illinois (8-19, 3-11 Big Ten) Read…It will be up to head coach Jonathan Tsipis’ squad to take advantage of their opponents on the glass, seeing as Rutgers only pulls down just more than 20 defensive rebounds per game. The Badgers’ top rebounder, senior forward Avyanna Young, is now 12th in the Big Ten in rebounds per game and has continued to carry the load for her team on the boards.If Wisconsin can get the kind of offensive contributions it’s gotten out of its scorers recently, the Badgers should be on their way to the next round. Per usual, cutting turnovers will be vital because Rutgers averages the second-most steals per game in the conference. Forcing the Scarlet Knights into taking jumpers will further enhance the Badgers’ chances in light of their opponent’s dreadful shooting.Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. CT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.