PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth via to Spherical of 16 in Swiss Open


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Prime Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth entered the Spherical of 16 on the Swiss Open Tremendous 300 event after their respective wins within the ladies’s and males’s singles competitions right here on Wednesday.

Whereas world champion Sindhu beat Yigit Neslihan of Turkey 21-16 21-19 in her first spherical match that lasted 42 minutes, Srikanth staved off a spirited problem from compatriot Sameer Verma to make a profitable begin to his marketing campaign.

The second seeded Sindhu will subsequent face Iris Wang of USA in her Spherical of 16 match on Thursday.

Srikanth, who had claimed the title in 2015, took little over an hour to see off 2018 winner Sameer 18-21 21-18 21-11 in a hard-fought males’s singles opening spherical match.

The fourth seeded Srikanth, an Olympic hopeful, can be up towards France’s Thomas Rouxel within the Spherical of 16. Rouxel beat Canada’s Xiaodong Sheng 21-18 21-14 in one other first spherical match.

Sourabh Verma additionally received his first spherical match towards Switzerland’s Christian Kirchmayr 21-19 21-18. He faces eight seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand within the Spherical of 16.

Ajay Jayaram additionally received his first spherical match towards Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand 21-12 21-13 to enter the spherical of 16 the place he’ll face third seed Rasmus Gemke of Denmark.

Nevertheless, H S Prannoy made an early exit after shedding to France’s Mark Calijouw 19-21 21-9 17-21 in a males’s singles first spherical match.

Final evening, Indian combined doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa notched up an upset 21-18 21-10 win over the world no eight and second-seeded Indonesian pair of Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja within the opening spherical.

Satwik and Ashwini, who reached the semifinals of the Toyota Thailand Open Tremendous 1000 occasion in January, had earlier defeated the Indonesian mixture on the Yonex Thailand Open in an exciting three-game match in January.

The world no 19 duo, who’ve been coaching beneath new overseas coach Mathias Boe for the final one month, will face one other Indonesian pair — Rinov Rivaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari — subsequent.

The second seeded Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty additionally received their first spherical males’s doubles match towards Christopher Grimley and Matthew Grimley of Scotland 21-18 19-21 21-16.

One other Indian shuttler, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, who was returning to motion after a COVID-19 pandemic break, did not have a great outing as he alongside together with his combined doubles accomplice N Sikki Reddy misplaced 18-21 15-21 to the third-seeded English pair of Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith in 39 minutes.

Swiss Open is the primary occasion of the prolonged Olympic qualification interval which can finish on June 15



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