Sindhu, Srikanth make progress

steady Kidambi Srikanth en route to his win against Pablo Abian of Spain in the World Championships in Nanjing. AP/PTI

PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth notched up contrasting wins to progress to the pre-quarterfinals but World No 11 H S Prannoy suffered a shock defeat to unheralded Brazilian Ygor Coelho to bow out of the World Championship here on Wednesday.

Sindhu, who had got a bye in the first round, opened her campaign with an easy 21-14, 21-9 win over Indonesia's Fitriani.

The 23-year-old Indian, who won the silver medal last year, will face Korean Sung Ji Hyun, a 2015 World Championship bronze medallist, in the next round.

Srikanth, seeded fifth, recovered from a slump during the hard-fought contest to see off Spain's Pablo Abian 21-15, 12-21, 21-14 in a second-round match that lasted 62 minutes.

Srikanth, who had clinched four titles last year, will lock horns with Malaysia's Daren Liew, a former World No 10, who had won the 2012 French Open Super Series.

B Sai Praneeth also entered the next round after dumping Spain's Luís Enrique Penalver 21-18, 21-11 to set up a meeting with Denmark's Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus.

Prannoy, seeded 11th, couldn't hold on to the momentum after breezing through the opening game to eventually lose 21-8, 16-21, 15-21 to Coelho, ranked 39th in the world.

It turned out to be a disastrous day for the Indian doubles pairs as all of them lost their respective matches to crash out of the prestigious tournament.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty did all the hard work but couldn't go the full distance, losing narrowly 18-21, 21-15, 16-21 to World No 8 Denmark pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

Ashwini Ponnapa and N Sikki Reddy were no match for second-seeded Japanese combination of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, going down 14-21, 15-21 in the second round.

National champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy waged a gallant battle before losing 24-22, 13-21, 16-21 to seventh seed Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko of Japan in men's doubles.

Sindhu dished out a dominating game and was always in control of the match. Her superior court coverage and accuracy in strokes made life difficult for the Indonesian.

In the opening game, Sindhu led 11-7 at the break, before moving to 17-7 with six straight points. She eventually comfortably pocketed the opening game when Fitriani sent the shuttle long.

In the second game, Sindhu continued to surge ahead, moving from 4-5 behind to 8-3 before entering the interval with a 11-5 advantage.

The Indian didn't give Fitriani any chance to make a comeback and quickly wrapped the match when the Indonesia found the net.

After a forgettable outing, Prannoy admitted his mistakes and said he needed to bounce back quickly from this defeat ahead of the Asian Games.

"I was trying to do something in the second and third game but it wasn't working. He was retrieving everything and my defence was bad today. I gave him a lot of chances for a free dribble and hit and that made him comfortable," he said.

 

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