All England Championships: Sindhu wins, unseeded Nguyen knocks Srikanth out in first round

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lost to Ireland's Nhat Nguyen 21-10, 15-21, 21-12 in the first round of the All England Open on Wednesday.

P.V. Sindhu put on a disciplined performance to outwit world number 32 Soniia Cheah.   -  PTI

World champion P. V. Sindhu made an impressive start at the All England Badminton Championships while Kidambi Srikanth lost the first round to 20-year-old Nhat Nguyen on Wednesday.

The Indian women's duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also progressed to the second round with straight game wins.

Olympic silver medallist Sindhu gave a good account of herself as she covered the court well and dished out a disciplined performance to outwit world number 32 Soniia Cheah of Malaysia 21-11, 21-17 in 38 minutes.

The fifth seeded Indian will face Denmark's Line Christophersen next.

The Irish shuttler Nguyen started positively clinching the first game 21-10. Srikanth returned strongly by winning the second one at 21-15 but the youngster had the last laugh by closing the encounter at 21-12.

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Parupalli Kashyap lost his first round encounter to World No. 1 Kento Momota. He defeated the Indian in straight games 21-13, 22-20.

Kidambi Srikanth lost the first round of the All England Open to 20-year-old Nhat Nguyen on Wednesday.   -  AP

 

Earlier in the day, the Indian badminton contingent was cleared to participate in the tournament after the players, who had initially tested positive for COVID-19, returned negative in retests conducted by the Badminton World Federation.

Three Indian shuttlers and a support staff had tested positive on Tuesday while a few were awaiting confirmation.

(With inputs from PTI)

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