Australian Open: Harinder Pal Sandhu,Mahesh Mangaonkar and Joshana Chinappa progress to second round
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a 11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 11-9 win over Joshua Larkin on Wednesday.
The Indian took the opening game, but Larkin struck right back with controlled aggression to even scores at one-game apiece. Harinder took control in the next two games sealing the match in four games. He will take on Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan in the second round.
Adnan beat Australia’s Chris Van Der Salm 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8. Adnan is seeded second in the tournament and Harinder will have to be at his best to cause an upset tomorrow.
Mahesh Mangaonkar also needed four games to oust Australia’s Rhys Dowling in his opening encounter. Mangaonkar won 11-4, 9-11, 11-0, 11-9 in 47 minutes. He faces Steve Finitsis in the second round.
Tasmanian Open champion Kush Kumar bowed out of the Australian Open after a 11-9, 3-11, 6-11, 3-11 defeat at the hands of Rex Hendrick in 1 hour and 44 minutes.
In the women’s section, Joshana Chinappa needed just 13 minutes to get the better of Alexis Clonda 11-6, 11-6, 11-3. The Victorian Open champion will take on 12th seed Megan Craig in the second round.
Sachika Ingale couldn’t make it to Round 2 after losing to South Africa’s Siyoli Waters 12-10, 11-8, 11-9.