Friday, 17 May 2024

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The Yonex-Sunrise India Open kicked off with a surprising start as two top-seeded players, Chou Tien Chen and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, were eliminated in the first round. Chou, the No.4 seed from Chinese Taipei, fell to Xue Song of China in straight games, while Vittinghus from Denmark was defeated by India’s Sameer Verma.

Verma’s victory added to the success of the Indian players on the first day of the tournament. The host country celebrated wins from qualifier RMV Gurusaidutt, who fought past Lee Dong Keun, and Parupalli Kashyap, who recovered to beat Hsu Jen Hao from Chinese Taipei.

Verma, the younger brother of Indian international Sourabh, showcased exceptional skill and composure throughout the match against Vittinghus. Despite being down 14-10 in the first game, Verma made a remarkable comeback, taking six points in a row to secure the victory.

Reflecting on his win, Verma said, “I had beaten him once before, so I was confident going into the match. I knew I had to attack and finish the rallies quickly against a player like him. This win over a top-ten player will definitely boost my confidence.”

Meanwhile, Vittinghus expressed frustration at his inability to find his form from the previous year. “Sameer played well, and I didn’t perform up to my potential. I’ve had a slow start this year, and perhaps my confidence isn’t as high as it used to be. I need to work on my stability and consistency.”

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In another thrilling match, Gurusaidutt, who had recently returned from an injury layoff, staged an impressive comeback against Lee Dong Keun. Despite being match point down at 20-21 in the third game, Gurusaidutt showed immense determination and eventually emerged victorious.

In the Women’s Singles category, there were no surprises as top players like Carolina Marin, Nozomi Okuhara, Ratchanok Intanon, and Minatsu Mitani secured comfortable wins in their opening matches.

The Men’s Doubles saw strong performances from Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding and Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov. In the Women’s Doubles, top seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi and Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan had successful starts to the tournament.

The Mixed Doubles category witnessed some close matches, with India’s Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Ashwini Ponnappa narrowly missing out on a victory against Denmark’s Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl. Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/Shinta Mulia Sari also barely edged out Tarun Kona/Sikki Reddy.

Overall, the Yonex-Sunrise India Open got off to an exciting start, setting the stage for intense matches and surprises in the days to come.


Q: Who were the top seeds eliminated in the first round of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open?
A: The No.4 seed Chou Tien Chen from Chinese Taipei and the No.5 seed Hans-Kristian Vittinghus from Denmark were both eliminated in the first round.

Q: Who were the standout performers from the host country on the first day of the tournament?
A: India’s Sameer Verma, RMV Gurusaidutt, and Parupalli Kashyap were the standout performers, winning their respective matches.

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Q: How did Sameer Verma secure his victory against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus?
A: Despite being down 14-10 in the first game, Verma staged a remarkable comeback, winning six points in a row and maintaining control of the match from then on.

Q: Did Vittinghus express any frustrations after his loss?
A: Yes, Vittinghus expressed frustration at his inability to find his form from the previous year and mentioned his lack of stability and confidence.


The Yonex-Sunrise India Open began with a surprising turn of events as top-seeded players Chou Tien Chen and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus were knocked out in the first round. Sameer Verma from India emerged as a standout performer, securing a well-deserved victory against Vittinghus. Indian players RMV Gurusaidutt and Parupalli Kashyap also celebrated wins, adding to the host country’s success. The tournament showcased intense matches and thrilling comebacks, creating an exciting atmosphere for badminton enthusiasts. With top players from around the world competing, the Yonex-Sunrise India Open promises more action-packed matches in the days ahead. Don’t miss out on the latest updates by visiting