Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s singles competition of the World Championship Glasgow in Scotland today.
Sindhu defeated Korea’s Kim Hyo Min in the second round. Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth opened his campaign with a straight-game win over Hong Kong’s Wei Nan to reach the second round of men’s singles event.
The 25-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting .
Ajay Jayaram also advanced to the second round with a straight set victory over Luka Wraber.
India’s top mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, seeded 15th, defeated Indo-Malaysian combo of Prajakta Sawant and Yogendran Khrishnan 21-12 21-19.
However, disappointment was at store for India in the other mixed doubles matches as B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Maneesha K suffered contrasting losses to bow out of the event.
In women’s singles, National champion Rituparna Das also emerged victorious in the opening round yesterday after her opponent Finland’s Airi Mikkela retired after lagging 0-2 in the first game.
Saina Nehwal will open her campaign today. Saina and Sindhu had got byes in the first round.
Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma already advanced to the second round of the men’s singles competition after their relatively easy victories on the opening day yesterday.