Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kadambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of their respective singles events after comfortable victories at the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.
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While two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu defeated Maldives’ Fatima Nabaha Abdul Razak 21-4 21-11 in the first round of the women’s singles, Srikanth defeated Uganda’s Daniel Wanagalia 21-9 21 in the men’s singles. Defeated by -9.
Later in the day, Sen and Akarshi Kashyap joined the senior duo in the round of 16 after lopsided wins in their respective opening men’s and women’s singles matches.
World Championship bronze medalist Sen was up against an opponent twice his age – 45-year-old Vernon Smid of St Helena – and the Indian cruised to a 21-1 21-6 win in quick time.
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However, Kashyap had to work hard in his opening round match against Mahoor Shehzad and made it to the next round after the Pakistani shuttler was injured and retired after trailing 1-8 in the second game.
Sindhu will next face Uganda’s Hasina Kobogabe, Srikanth will face Sri Lanka’s Dominico Abhi Wickrama, Sen will face Australia’s Lin Yingxiang and world number 57 Kashyap will face Cyprus’s Eva Kattiretti.
However, it was curtains for Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeet Reddy, who suffered an 18-21 16-21 defeat to World No. 47 Callum Hemming and Jessica Pugh in the opening round of the mixed doubles event.
Taking to court first, last edition’s silver medalist Sindhu didn’t need her ‘A’ game as the Maldivian shuttler was no match for her class.
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Fatemath put up some resistance in the second game but Sindhu broke back at 9-9.
Srikanth was devastated after losing his singles match against lower-ranked Malaysian Zee Yong Ng in the mixed team final, but the world number 13 Indian seemed to have recovered his composure as he comfortably defeated his opponent. taken in advance.
He used his cross-court angled drop shots to good effect on pocket points.
Most of the points the Ugandan shuttler managed were from Srikanth’s unforced errors.
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