Badminton World Championships: PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth ease into pre-quarters

first_imgSingapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth opened his campaign at the World Championships with a straight-game win over Hong Kong’s Wei Nan to reach the second round of men’s singles event, here today.The 15th seeded Indian fought back from 5-9 and 14-16 in the opening game and then erased a deficit of 10-13 and 15-17 in the second game to eventually see off Wei Nan 21-18 21-17 in a 48-minute match.The 25-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who is the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic and World Junior Championships boys’ singles bronze medallist.Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu kicked off her campaign at the 2017 World Badminton Championships on a promising note as she trounced Korea’s Kim Hyo Min in straight games in the women’s singles.The fourth-seed, who received a first round bye, remained dominated throughout the match to register a comfortable 21-16, 21-14 win over her Korean opponent in a one-sided second round clash that lasted 49 minutes.Sindhu will now cross swords with either 13th seed Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong or Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya for a place in the quarter-finals.BAI Photo India top mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, seeded 15th, who had won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title, defeated Indo-Malaysian combo of Prajakta Sawant and Yogendran Khrishnan 21-12 21-19.However, disappointment was at store for India in the other mixed doubles matches as B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Maneesha K suffered contrasting losses to bow out of the event.advertisementSumeeth and Ashwini, who had reached the finals of Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January, went down fighting 17-21 21- 18 5-21 to 13th seeded Chinese pair of Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping, while Satwiksairaj and Maneesha lost 20-22 18-21 to 14th seeded Denmark duo of Mathias Christiansen and Sara Thygesen.In women’s singles, National champion Rituparna Das also emerged victories in the opening round yesterday after her opponent Finland’s Airi Mikkela retired after lagging 0-2 in the first game.(With inputs from PTI and ANI)last_img read more

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