Swiss Open: Srikanth makes winning start

Seventh seed Kidambi Srikanth defeated Mads Christophersen in straight games in the men's singles opening round match.

FILE PHOTO: Seventh seed Kidambi Srikanth defeated Mads Christophersen in straight games in the men's singles opening round of Swiss Open in Basel on Wednesday.   -  AFP

Seventh seed Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal made winning starts in the singles competition while Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy battled past All England champions Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Bagas Maulana to progress in the Swiss Open here on Wednesday.

Srikanth defeated Mads Christophersen in straight games in the men's singles opening round. The Indian beat his Danish opponent 21-16, 21-17 in a match lasting 32 minutes.

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Parupalli Kashyap too cruised to a 21-17, 21-9 win over France's Enogat Roy to enter the second round. In an all-India contest, H. S. Prannoy pipped B Sai Praneeth 25-23, 21-16 in a tight match lasting 48 minutes.

Third seeds Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy got past Indonesia's Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Bagas Maulana after losing the first game in the men's doubles opening round. The final scoreline read 17-21, 21-11, 21-18. The Indonesian duo had won the All England title last week.

In the women's singles, Ashmita Chaliha scripted a come-from-behind win over France's LeOnice Huet, prevailing 19-21, 21-10, 21-11. Later in the day, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina outplayed Yaelle Hoyaux 21-8, 21-13 in her opening round fixture.

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The mixed doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy lost their first round match and so did the women's doubles combine of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand. Star shuttler P V Sindhu will play her opening round later tonight.

The Chinese badminton team pulled out of the Super 300 tournament which began on Tuesday due to multiple COVID-19 cases and injuries to its players.

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