Badminton: India’s challenge ends at Hong Kong Open


's challenge ended at the Hong Kong Open after India players Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand Pullela and Tanisha Crasto-Ashwini Ponnappa failed to advance to the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Jolly-Gopichand lost in straight sets 8-21, 14-21 to Apriyani Rahayu and Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti of Indonesia in their round of 16 match. Crasto-Ponnappa lost to top seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara of Japan 18-21, 7-21.

Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen withdrew from the tournament before his match on Wednesday, handing his opponent, Chinese Taipei's Su Li Yang, a walkover. Sikki Reddy and Rohan Kapoor, meanwhile, lost to Singapore's Hee Yong Kai Terry and Tan Wei Han Jessica 19- 21, 10-21 in the first round. China's Zhang Yi Man defeated Asian Games-bound Malvika Bansod 21-14, 21-12 in the first round of the women's singles main draw.