Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-1 [Q] Sunayna Kuruvilla (IND) 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (40m)
“I think last year I lost in the first round, my opponent was very good but I was very nervous because it’s the World Champs and I never really get that feeling but I felt the same way today. She played very well and came out firing. Anything loose she punished me, so I was happy that I was able to control my nerves and come through in the end.
“I had no idea what to expect, I had never seen her play before. I tried to do some research but it is hard and I’m pleased I won in the end.
“It was my first time playing Gohar at the U.S. Open, I felt like I got into the match straight away, but this time I know what to expect and what worked well and what didn’t – hopefully I can do better than U.S. Open this time.”