The World Champion started the match on a strong note, taking a four-point lead in the initial stage. However, the Chinese bounced back and leveled the scored at 9-9. After that Sindhu once again took charge of the proceedings, until Li saved four game points. However, her resistance came to an end with a powerful cross-court smash by Sindhu, which helped her win the first game 21-18.
The Chinese started the second game on a strong note, taking a four-point lead before Sindhu got into the groove and dominated most part of the final game. Despite trailing 6-2 in the beginning, Sindhu went on to win the second game comfortably.
Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal suffered a first-round defeat against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan. The Indian shuttler lost 10-21, 17-21 to World No. 19, in just 44 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium.