Saina, Srikanth enter 2nd round

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Oct 2018 12:18:00



TOP Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round of the French Open with straight-game wins but it was curtains for Sameer Verma at the USD 750,000 BWF event here on Wednesday.
Saina, who finished runner-up in the Denmark Open last week, outclassed Japan’s Saena Kawakami 21-11, 21-11 in the women’s singles, while defending champion Srikanth beat Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-19, 21-13 in the men’s singles match in the opening round of the World Tour Super 750 event.

World No 10 Saina will face either 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan or Spain’s Beatriz Corrales next. Fifth seeded Srikanth will meet Korean Lee Dong Keun.
Singapore Open champion (2017) B Sai Praneeth also crossed the opening hurdle, beating Brazil’s Ygor Coelho 21-13, 21-17 to set up a clash with Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia.
Sameer, who had reached the quarter-finals last week, went down fighting 21-16, 17-21, 15-21 to Christie in a little over an hour match.

Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Korean duo of Min Hyuk Kang and Kim Won Ho 21-18, 21-17. They will square off against either Chinese third seeds Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan or Danish combination of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

Women’s doubles pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram also entered the second round after defeating Belgium’s Lise Jaques and Flore Vandenhoucke 21-12, 21-12. The duo will face the fourth seeded Indonesian pair of Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu.

Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also had a good outing as they outwitted German combination of Jones Ralfy Jansen and Josche Zurwonne 21-13, 21-15 in 35 minutes.