Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa made a winning start to their campaigns at the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries by entering the second rounds of their respective categories on Wednesday.
However, PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap were not so lucky as they lost their openers in enthralling battles against their Chinese opponents.
Men’s singles fourth seed Srikanth was surprised by Hans-Kristian Vittinghus when the Dane took the first game 21-14. However, the Guntur-born lad came back strongly to crush his opponent in the second game and win it 21-8.
World No 4 Srikanth could not carry the momentum into the third game and was being led from the start. In no time, World No 14 Vittinghus had four matchpoints at 20-16. But somehow the Indian youngster made a remarkable comeback to not just save all the matchpoints but also earn two more points to bag the game 22-20 and win the match in 53 minutes.
With the win, Srikanth levelled his head-to-head to 1-all and will next take on Chinese World No 10 Tian Houwei, who has won the only match between the two in Malaysia earlier in February.