All England Open: Sindhu begins well; Srikanth, Kashyap bow out

P V Sindhu
P V Sindhu. File photo: AFP

Birmingham: World champion P V Sindhu made an impressive start at the All England Badminton Championships but compatriots Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap suffered early exits after losing their respective opening round men's singles matches here 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 No. 32 Soniia Cheah of Malaysia 21-11, 21-17 in 38 minutes.

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

Earlier, Ashwini and Sikki got the better of Thailand's Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard 21-14, 21-12 in 30 minutes, while the sixth-seeded Satwik and Chirag took 19 minutes to see off England's Nikhar Garg and India's Aniruddha Mayekar 21-7, 21-10 in a lop-sided contest.

Ashwini and Sikki will face sixth-seeded Bulgarian sisters Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva next, while Satwik and Chirag will meet the formidable Danish pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, who had defeated the Indian duo on way to title triumph at the Swiss Open.

In the men's singles, eighth seed Srikanth lost to Ireland's unseeded player Nguyen Nhat 11-21, 21-15, 12-21. The match lasted exactly an hour as the Irish player came back strongly after losing the second game.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kashyap put up a brave fight before going down to top-seeded Japanese Kento Momota 13-21, 2-22 in 42 minutes.

In other results, Malaysian pair of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi ended the campaign of Indian men's combo of M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila with a 21-13 21-12 win, while the women's duo of Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram also bowed out after losing 10-21, 15-21 to Denmark's Alexandra Boje and Mette Poulsen.

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