India’s results so far on day one: Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy, Srikanth proceed to second round of men’s singles; Poorvisha Ram and J Meghana progress in women’s doubles. Sameer Verma, 10th seed, was ousted.
Final game stats: Tough to say why, but Sameer Verma just tapered off in the end there. Good result for the 22-year-old Singaporean who defeated Lin Dan earlier in the season in the final of the Thailand Masters.
Sameer Verma 21-15, 15-21 10-21 Loh Kean Yew
An upset from India’s perspective as Sameer Verma becomes the first Indian to taste defeat in Basel. Loses to Loh Kean Yew 21-15, 15-21 10-21 in 62 minutes. The decider was one-sided in the end.
Sameer Verma 21-15, 15-21 10-18 Loh Kean Yew
Four straight points from Loh now and the 22-year-old is on the verge of a mini-upset.
Sameer Verma 21-15, 15-21 9-14 Loh Kean Yew
The gap has widened to 5 points now and Sameer looks like he is on his way out.
Sameer Verma 21-15, 15-21 8-11 Loh Kean Yew
See-saw decider and at the final change of ends, Loh has a three-point lead. Not looking good for Sameer at the moment.
Sameer Verma 21-15, 15-21 7-8 Loh Kean Yew
Loh continues to stay in the lead. Time running out for Sameer to force his way past his opponent but he is closing the gap down.
Sameer Verma 21-15, 15-21 2-4 Loh Kean Yew
Four straight points for Loh after Sameer opened up a 2-0 lead.
Second game stats: Here’s how the second game panned out. That 0-9 deficit was too much to overcome for Sameer.
Sameer Verma 21-15, 15-21 Loh Kean Yew
It’s an identical scoreline to the first game but this time Sameer Verma is on the receiving end. Yew bounces back, takes the 2nd game 21-15 and we are heading to a decider.
Sameer Verma 21-15, 13-19 Loh Kean Yew
Sameer still staying in this second game but for how long?
Sameer Verma 21-15, 9-14 Loh Kean Yew
To Sameer’s credit he is not letting this game get out of hand yet. Closes the gap down once again with 3 on the trot.
Sameer Verma 21-15, 4-11 Loh Kean Yew
The Indian wins 4 on the trot to break the streak for Loh Kean Yew but the latter goes into the break with a 11-4 lead.
Sameer Verma 21-15, 0-9 Loh Kean Yew
Wow. What is going on! It’s hard to say without telecast but looks like Sameer has lost his way here. Nine straight points for the Singaporean!
Sameer Verma 21-15, 0-5 Loh Kean Yew
Well, well. That momentum at the back-end of the first game proving crucial now. Yew has raced to a 5-0 lead in the second game.
First game stats: Fairly comfortable for Sameer in the end.
Sameer Verma 21-15 Loh Kean Yew
Sameer needed his 3rd game point to get over the line. Some momentum at the back-end for the Singaporean shuttler who closed the gap admirably.
Sameer Verma 19-13 Loh Kean Yew
A blip in the end for Sameer as Yew wins four straight points to close the gap.
Sameer Verma 16-7 Loh Kean Yew
Looks like there is no stopping Sameer in this opening game! From 4-5 down he has won 12 out of 14 points.
Sameer Verma 11-6 Loh Kean Yew
Sameer goes into the mid-game interval with a 11-6 lead. Good start by the Indian.
Sameer Verma 9-5 Loh Kean Yew
Five straight points for Sameer and he opens up a 9-5 lead.
Sameer Verma 3-3 Loh Kean Yew
Tight start to the match with both players trading early points.
1.46 am: Tenth seed Sameer Verma, who also was bothered by a shoulder issue, is in the same half as Srikanth and will open against Loh Kean Yew of Singapore.
The Madhya Pradesh shuttler will face a tough challenge against second seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in the pre-quarterfinals if he clears the earlier rounds.
Opponent’s rank: 34
Head-to-head: Sameer Verma leads 2-0
Previous meetings: Verma defeated Yew at 2017 Asia Mixed Team Championships 21-9, 21-16 and at 2016 Thailand Masters 21-19, 21-13
1.39 am: Still with us, badminton fans? Time for the last Indian shuttler to take to the court in Basel on day one. Sameer Verma will look to his compatriots in round two.
12.14 am: Day one at the Badminton Worlds has not witnessed a headline upset yet... and second seed Chou Tien Chen avoids his name appearing in that section. Survives a massive scare against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.
11.17 pm: Here’s the updated report of the Indian results on day one so far, with Sameer Verma still to play.
10.55 pm: One more Indian left in action tonight. Can Sameer Verma join B Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy, Srikanth proceed to second round of men’s singles? There is still a while to go for that match though. Stay tuned with us, sleep is for the weak!
K Srikanth 17-21, 21-16, 21-6 Nhat Nguyen: Here are the game three stats...
K Srikanth 17-21, 21-16, 21-6 Nhat Nguyen
And Srikanth converts the first match point. 20 minutes is all it took for the decider to be wrapped up. Srikanth has to improve his levels manifold in the second round but you know what they say... a win is a win is a win. He moves into the second round.
K Srikanth 17-21, 21-16, 20-6 Nhat Nguyen
Another super crosscourt smash from Srikanth that is challenged by Nguyen. Doesn’t get it right this time. Srikanth has now 14 match points.
K Srikanth 17-21, 21-16, 18-5 Nhat Nguyen
Looks like Gopichand’s advice before the decider was to “Go smash them!” Who knew that it could be this impactful, eh? (*cough Ravi Shastri cough*) Srikanth has been getting smashes spot on to finally play like the world No 10. Has raced ahead to a 18-5 lead.
K Srikanth 17-21, 21-16, 13-3 Nhat Nguyen
Nguyen halts the streak but Srikanth plays another up-tempo rally to take back the serve. Much more like it, Srikanth. Much more like it. He is talking to himself after a poor serve and winning the next point to go up 13-3.
Abhijeet Kulkarni: A different Srikanth seems to have turned up in the third game. He is playing a lot more percentage badminton and going for the winners when he gets a chance.
K Srikanth 17-21, 21-16, 11-1 Nhat Nguyen
A booming smash followed by a good crosscourt forehand and Srikanth has raced into a 11-1 lead. ELEVEN STRAIGHT POINTS. Srikanth’s smashes have come to his rescue big time in the decider. Final change of ends as Nguyen gets some treatment for a bleeding elbow.
K Srikanth 17-21, 21-16, 9-1 Nhat Nguyen
Nguyen tries to break the momentum by challenging a line call that looked well in. Srikanth in control, playing like the world No 10 finally.
K Srikanth 17-21, 21-16, 6-1 Nhat Nguyen
Once again Nguyen trying to be a little too eager or cute and loses out on a few points that he should be winning. Experience making the difference here? Sure seems to be the case. Srikanth goes up 6-1 with an aggressive point.
K Srikanth 17-21, 21-16, 1-1 Nhat Nguyen
Two long rallies to start the decider. Srikanth seems to be on the backfoot though. He must hope for errors from the racket of the Irish youngster.
Second game stats:
K Srikanth 17-21, 21-16 Nhat Nguyen
47 minutes into the match, we have the decider. Srikanth finds some consistency to his game at the backend of that game and pushes ahead to force the third game. More of the same, please?
K Srikanth 17-21, 20-16 Nhat Nguyen
Finally, finally. Srikanth strings together a series of good points and not just a shot or two here and there. Great urgency on defence as well. He has four game points now.
K Srikanth 17-21, 17-14 Nhat Nguyen
Unsuccessful challenge from Nguyen followed by an error of judgement as he mishits a shuttle that was going wide. Then another poor error from Srikanth. But Nguyen fails to capitalise, making a bad error of his own at the net. Srikanth now leads by 3 points again.
Abhijeet Kulkarni: Can’t understand what is happening with Srikanth. He controls the entire rally and then makes a silly error at the net. Twice in a row now and the scores are level at 13-13
K Srikanth 17-21, 13-13 Nhat Nguyen
Frustration for Srikanth. He was dominating a rally and then nets a shuttle. That’s just bizarre from the Indian. Halfway at the net! Back level now.
K Srikanth 17-21, 13-11 Nhat Nguyen
A couple of nods from the men on Srikanth’s coaching bench as the Indian wins five straight points. Follows that up with a service error though.
10.21 pm: Srikanth has managed to play on his opponents nerves to stage a comeback in the second game. Can he keep the momentum going?
K Srikanth 17-21, 11-10 Nhat Nguyen
Srikanth pulls things back with a couple of good points. Nguyen then plays two up-tempo points to take a 10-8 lead. Good smash from Srikanth to win back the serve. The Indian plays a superb backhand drop to make it 10-10 and does well to take the lead into the mid-game interval. That’s more like it from Srikanth.
K Srikanth 17-21, 5-8 Nhat Nguyen
An unsuccessful challenge from Nguyen helps Srikanth close the gap to one point. And then he loses footing and nets the shuttle. Srikanth’s turn to challenge now and he gets it wrong too. Srikanth trails 5-8.
K Srikanth 17-21. 3-6 Nhat Nguyen
A 49-shot rally finished with a superb drop shot from Nguyen but it was shocking to see Srikanth’s body language at the end of it. Is he carrying a knock? His movement seems fine otherwise. Just seems like he doesn’t have any momentum in his game at the moment. Nguyen remains in the lead.
K Srikanth 17-21. 1-3 Nhat Nguyen
Nguyen has started well in the second game too. Gopichand had some words with his ward in the break. Can that inspire a turnaround here?
First game stats: Nguyen would take a lot of heart from that turn around in the opening game. Srikanth made too many errors at the net to let go of a 14-9 lead to lose the opening game 17-21.
K Srikanth 17-21 Nhat Nguyen
WOW. JUST WOW. From 7-14 down, 19-year-old Nguyen has stormed back to win 14 off the next 17 points to take the opening game. Extraordinary scenes, really. Srikanth looks like a man devoid of any form at the moment.
K Srikanth 17-18 Nhat Nguyen
UNBELIEVABLE! At 17-17, it looked like Srikanth was about to kill the point at the net. An attempted flat push at the net, takes the chord but is still good enough on most days for a point. But Nguyen instinctively blocks the shuttle and gets it back in! Srikanth is stunned. Nguyen into the lead!
K Srikanth 16-16 Nhat Nguyen
From 7-14, it’s 16-16! “This is amazing,” observe the commentators as errors creep into Srikanth’s game big time.
K Srikanth 15-12 Nhat Nguyen
Srikanth has all the momentum after a break as he goes into a six-point lead at 15-9. Nguyen tries a little bit of gamesmanship perhaps to challenge a call and break the momentum. And soon enough, closes the gap down to three points. Five of the last 6 points to Nguyen.
K Srikanth 11-6 Nhat Nguyen
Srikanth with a few more errors than he would have liked to make but it is still good enough for a five-point lead at the mid-game interval. Steady start by the Indian.
K Srikanth 8-4 Nhat Nguyen
First long rally of the match (28 shots) at 3-6 and Srikanth does well to keep his composure and finish it off with a flat push at the net. Another long rally follows, this time the Indian sends the shuttle wide but makes amends by pouncing at the net next point.
K Srikanth 6-2 Nhat Nguyen
Srikanth has started the match on the front foot. Looking sharp in the early exchanges.
K Srikanth 0-0 Nhat Nguyen
Srikanth to serve against the 19-year-old... here we go.
9.41 pm: Srikanth really needs a turnaround in 2019 after what has been a disappointing season, marred by poor form and injuries. He has made it to only one final so far this year. How deep will he go here in Basel? The players are out on the court.
9.32 pm: Right, the wait is almost over. Srikanth is next in action as this women’s doubles match draws to a close.
K Srikanth’s first round
Former world No 1 Srikanth, who had reached the India Open finals in March, will look to put up a good show after recovering from a knee problem which he suffered ahead of the Sudirman Cup.
The seventh seeded Indian, who has gone without a title in the BWF World Tour for the last 22 months, will open against Nhat Nguyen of Ireland in a repeat of the opening clash of the 2018 edition.
Opponent’s rank: 81
Head-to-head: Srikanth leads 1-0
Previous meetings: Srikanth defeated Nguyen at 2018 World Championships 21-15, 21-16.
8.39 pm: Lin Dan definitely had more gas in the tank and much more guile as he breaks Tien Minh Nguyen’s resolve to win 16-21, 21-12, 21-12 in 78 minutes to set up a second round clash against HS Prannoy
8.15 pm: Lin Dan is in the zone now and he has wrapped up the second game in no time. Looks favourite to progress now.
7.52 pm: The commentators mention a pertinent point... 2020 being an Olympics year, this is in all likelihood Lin Dan’s last World Championships. And he needs to inspire himself to make a comeback in this first round fixture. Leading 6-3 in the second game.
7.46 pm: The Vietnamese veteran has taken the first game 21-16 against Lin Dan in just 25 minutes! Will Lin Dan make another one of those typical comebacks? Or is there an upset on the cards?
7.18 pm: The greatest men’s singles player to grace the World Championships is next up in action... five-time champion Lin Dan, making his 12th appearance at the event! He faces Tien Minh Nguyen. There is Indian interest here, as the winner will take on HS Prannoy.
7.16 pm: End of an era for British badminton as Rajiv Ouseph takes a bow after a first round defeat against the in-form Jonatan Christie. Lovely embrace at the net between the two after the final point.
5.50 pm: A new session is underway in Basel on Court No 1 where both the remaining Indian shuttlers are in action. Srikanth and Sameer Verma will be on the broadcast but not anytime soon.
Till then, read our tournament preview here.
5.22 pm: If you are just joining us, here’s a detailed report of India’s results on day one at the Worlds.
5.05 pm: Here are some key results in the last few minutes. Chen Long was stretched a bit in his opening round win, while Kento Momota cruised ahead.
HS Prannoy vs Eutu Heino 17-21, 21-10, 21-11
The former top-10 player took his time to get going, and bounces back after losing the opener in convincing fashion. Prannoy never let go of the lead in the decider. He moves into the 2nd round after a 17-21, 21-10, 21-11 win.
HS Prannoy vs Eutu Heino 17-21, 21-10, 17-11
Prannoy has been in the lead throughout the decider and has clearly found his groove in time. Just four points away now.
HS Prannoy vs Eutu Heino 17-21, 21-10, 11-8
Prannoy is clearly in the driver’s seat now. He has taken a four point lead as the players change sides in the third and final game and the Indian will be playing from his more favoured side now.
HS Prannoy vs Eutu Heino 17-21, 21-10
Prannoy has raced through the second game. He took off from 5-5 and Heino could manage to win just five points thereafter as the Indian forces a decider.
HS Prannoy vs Eutu Heino 17-21, 11-5
The beast has turned on the heat in the second game. After staying neck and neck till 5-5, Prannoy has clinched six straight points to take a 11-5 lead in the second game interval.
HS Prannoy vs Eutu Heino 17-21
Are we looking at an upset? Prannoy saved two game points in the first game but he clearly hasn’t got going in the first game. Not sure whether he isn’t comfortable with the court conditions or just struggling to find his rhythm.
HS Prannoy vs Eetu Heino 8-11
Not a good start for Prannoy in the opening match. The world No 30 would have been expected to brush past an opponent who is ranked 63 places below him in world ranking. But he lost six straight points after leading 5-3 and now has a three point deficit at the mid game interval.
3.53 pm: Right, time for HS Prannoy to begin his campaign in Basel.
A last minute addition to the tournament after the withdrawals of Viktor Axelsen and Shi Yuqi, Prannoy will hope to make the most of his chance. He starts off with a very winnable fixture against Eetu Heino (Finland). This is their first meeting as well on the circuit.
Opponent’s rank: 93
Head-to-head: No previous meetings
3.15 pm: As we wait for the next Indian shuttler to take the court, read up on a list of stars who are missing in action: Carolina Marin, Viktor Axelsen and other missing stars from Basel 2019
Here are some of the other important results so far from day one:
Men’s Singles: Heo Kwang Wee beat Milan Ludik 21-14, 21-12
Mixed Doubles: Takuro Hoki and Wakana Naghara beat Adam Hall and Julie Macpherson 21-13, 21-17
Women’s Doubles: Selena Piek and Cheryl Seinen beat NG Wing Yung and Yeung Nga Ting 21-11, 21-16
Men’s Singles: Wang Tzu Wei beat Rosario Maddaloni 21-6, 21-16
Mixed Doubles: Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae beat Chung Yonny and Tam Chun Hei 21-11, 21-18
B Sai Praneeth vs Jason Ho-Shue 21-17, 21-16
Sai was once again guilty of lowering his guard and that allowed Ho-Shue to win a few quick points. He may be inexperienced but he has the shots to trouble the top players. Sai finally wraps up the match on the second match points.
He will now face the winner of the match between Korea’s Lee Dong Keun and Daniel Fan.
B Sai Praneeth vs Jason Ho-Shue 21-17, 18-10
A flurry from cross court smashes from the back hand side ensure that Sai has now won seven of the eight points after restart. Now the real challenge for the Indian is not to allow his opponent to come back in this match.
B Sai Praneeth vs Jason Ho-Shue 21-17, 11-9
Sai hasn’t looked in control in this match so far, something he was expected to do against a player ranked 47 places below him. But he has managed to keep his nose ahead by executing a few quality strokes when under pressure.
B Sai Praneeth vs Jason Ho-Shue 21-17
Sai uses his experience to wrap up the opening game in 18 minutes. But Ho-Shue has shown that he is no pushover and Sai cannot lower his guard in the second game.
B Sai Praneeth vs Jason Ho-Shue 18-15
Sai lowered the guard a bit, trying to play some tight shots and made unforced errors. That allowed Ho-Shue to get back in the game and the Canadian has used his powerful smashes and ability to rush to the net well to close the gap to just three points with eight consecutive points. Sai finally breaks that spell with a good challenge.
B Sai Praneeth vs Jason Ho-Shue 17-7
Sai strings together a series of 9 consecutive points to take complete control of the first game.
B Sai Praneeth vs Jason Ho-Shue 11-7
Sai clearly struggled with control during the initial exchanges. But he seems to be finding his rhythm now as he takes a four point lead at the mid game interval.
Sai Praneeth, the 2017 Singapore Open champion, will kick off his campaign against Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue in the opening round. This is the first time the two players will be facing off.
Time for Sai Praneeth to take court now after Wang Tzu Wei defeats Rosario Maddaloni 21-6, 21-16 in just 34 minutes in the men’s singles first round match.
A winning start for India in the World Championship as J Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram ease through to the second round with a straight games win over Gautemala’s Diana Soto and Nikte Sotomayor.
Hello everyone and welcome to live updates from day one of the 2019 Badminton World Championships in Basel.
Indian athletes will be competing in five matches on the opening day of the event.
In men’s singles, Sameer Verma will be in action against Loh Kean Yew. This will be an interesting match and will pose a tough challenge for the Indian tenth seed.
Top ranked Indian Kidambi Srikanth will square-off against Nhat Nguyen of Ireland while16th seed B Sai Praneeth taking on Jason Anthony Ho-Shue. Rounding up India’s challenge on day one will be HS Prannoy as he faces Eetu Heino.
In women’s doubles, Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram will face Diana Corleto Soto and Nikte Alejandra Sotomayor.