Basel: Star Indian shuttler H S Prannoy beat All England Championships finalist Shi Yu Qi of China to storm into the men's singles pre-quarterfinals at the Swiss Open Super 300 badminton tournament here.
World No. 9 Prannoy recovered from a second game slump to notch up a 21-17, 19-21, 21-17 win over Shi Yu Qi, who is a 2018 World Championships silver medallist, in the men's singles opening round.
Two-time Olympic medallist and fourth seed P V Sindhu too made a positive start to her title defence, beating Jenjira Stadelmann of Switzerland 21-9, 21-16 in a lop-sided contest.
Prannoy will next face France's Christo Popov, while Sindhu will take on 20-year-old Indonesian Putri Kusuma Wardani, who was part of the gold medal-winning team of the 2022 Asia Team Championships.