All England Championship: PV Sindhu’s victory begins, Saina Nehwal also won the first match

Birmingham: Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal started their All England Championship campaign with easy straight-game wins over their respective opponents in women’s singles here on Wednesday.

Sixth seed Sindhu beat China’s Zi Yi Wang 21-18 21-13 in her first round match that lasted 42 minutes, while Saina beat Spain’s Beatriz Corrales 21-17, 21-19 in 38 minutes .

World No. 7 Sindhu will face the winner of the first round match between Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi and Thailand’s Supanida Katethong in the second round.

Saina, who reached the final here in 2015, will face the winner of the first round match between Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and Kristin Kuba of Estonia in the second round.

If Sindhu and Saina win their second round matches, they will take on each other in the quarterfinals.

In men’s singles, B Sai Praneeth lost 20-22, 11-21 to top seed and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen in a first-round match that lasted 48 minutes.

HS Prannoy lost 15-21 22-24 to last week’s German Open winner Thai player Kunlavut Wittidsern in 56 minutes, while Sameer Verma lost 18-21, 11-21 to Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands in the opening match of 41 minutes. Went.

In men’s doubles, fifth seed Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Scottish pair of Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall 21-17, 21-19 in 38 minutes.

But MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila lost 21-15 12-21 18-21 to second seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.

The other Indian men’s doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala also lost 16-21, 19-21 to German pair of Mark Lamphus and Marvin Seidel in just 37 minutes.

In women’s doubles, Tressa Jolly and Pullela Gayatri Gopichand defeated Thailand’s Benyapa Amsard and Nuntakarna Emsard 17-21, 22-20, 21-14 in one hour and seven minutes to reach the second round.

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