Kidambi Srikanth advances to second round of Syed Modi International

Srikanth prevailed 21-12, 21-11 in his 36-minute opening round clash, while Parupalli Kashyap got a walkover from Frenchman Lucas Corvee.

Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the second round of the Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament.   -  REUTERS

Third seed Kidambi Srikanth sailed past Russia’s Vladimir Malkov in straight games to set up a second-round clash with fellow Indian Parupalli Kashyap in the Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament here on Wednesday.

Srikanth prevailed 21-12, 21-11 in his 36-minute opening round clash, while Kashyap got a walkover from Frenchman Lucas Corvee.

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Among other Indians, 18-year-old Lakshya Sen, who won the Scottish Open last week, also got a walkover after another French shuttler Thomas Rouxel withdrew from the competition.

In the women’s competition, Ashmita Chaliha advanced after beating compatriot Vrushali Gummadi 21-16, 21-16 in a 32-minute contest.