Indians enjoy good day at the office

Indians enjoy good day at the office

Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and Anand Pawar got off to winning starts, notching up victories in their respective opening round singles matches at the the USD 125,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold tournament here on Wednesday.

World championship bronze medallist Sindhu posted a comfortable 21-18, 21-15 victory over Malaysian Sannatasah Saniru in 32 minutes to enter the second round of the women’s singles event.

Kashyap and Pawar also reached the second round of the men’s singles competition with straight-game victories.

But it was curtains for Kidambi Srikanth in the men’s singles, while Saili Rane failed to cross the opening round hurdle in women’s singles.

World No 9 Sindhu will take on winner of the match between Li Michelle of Canada and Russia’s Ella Diehl in the next round.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kashyap prevailed over The Netherlands’ Erik Meijs 21-17, 21-15 in a match that lasted 34 minutes.

The third seed Indian will next take on German Lukas Schmidt in the next round.

Anand, too, didn’t break much sweat before getting past Malaysia’s Kok Pong Loke 21-17, 21-10 in a 26-minute match last night, to set up a meeting with another German Tobias Wadenka. However, Thailand Grand Prix Gold winner, Srikanth, seeded fifth, could not reach the next stage after his gallant fight against Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen ended with a close 21-19, 18-21, 17-21 defeat.

Third seeded Shixian Wang of China completely outplayed young Indian Saili 21-8, 21-9 in just 31 minutes.

The Indian mixed doubles pair of Tarun Kona and Ashwini Ponnappa also went down fighting against the Polish combo of Robert Mateusiak and Agnieszka Wojtkowska 10-21, 21-16, 13-21.

London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, Commonwealth Games gold medallist combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will play later on Wednesday.

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