Srikanth, Kashyap advance to the third round of German Open

Srikanth to next face 12th seed Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong; Kashyap to play Korea's Son Wan Ho for a place in the quarterfinals.

Kidambi Srikanth had a tough outing against qualifier Erik Meijis of The Netherlands in the second round.   -  THE HINDU

Indian ace shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the pre-quarterfinals after notching up contrasting victories in the men’s singles competition of the USD 120,000 German Grand Prix Gold.

World No. 10 Srikanth, who clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold at Lucknow in January this year, struggled past qualifier Erik Meijs of The Netherlands 15-21, 21-6, 21-16 in a 48-minute match at RWE Sporthalle. The sixth seed will take on World No. 16 N.G. Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong, seeded 12th, in the next round.

Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap, on the other hand, hardly broke any sweat as he zoomed past Irish qualifier Joshua Magee 21-12, 21-11 in another match. The 11th seeded Indian, who is making a comeback after recovering from a series of injuries, will face Korea’s Son Wan Ho, seeded eighth next.

It was however end of the road for young Sameer Verma as his fierce battle ended with a narrow 21-8, 19-21, 19-21 loss against Korea’s Lee Dong Keun.

In men’s doubles, Indian pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy prevailed over English combo of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge 21-16, 19-21, 21-17. They will take on Chinese Taipei’s Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin.

Meanwhile, P.V. Sindhu advanced to PV Sindhu advanced to the second round after defeating American opponent Schafer Rong in the women’s singles event here on Wednesday. The seventh seed claimed a 21-11, 21-13 win over Rong in a contest that lasted just 31 minutes.