India Open: Chaliha disrupts 5th seed Kosetskaya, Sindhu sails to round 2

New Delhi: Young Indian shuttlecock Ashmita Chaliha took the tournament’s first loss when she stunned Evgeniya Kosetskaya as fifth seed, while top division champion PV Sindhu also sailed into the second round of the India Open women’s singles here on Tuesday.

Unseeded Chaliha took just 31 minutes to get the best No. 28 in the world, the Russian 24-22 21-16, while taking home a double Olympic medalist. Sindhu crossed compatriot Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli 21-5 21-16 in her opening round.