Indian Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy Enter 2nd Round of Men’s Singles in Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament 2019
B Sai Praneeth (Photo Credits: IANS)

Lucknow, November 27: Kidambi Srikanth, B. Sai Praneeth and H.S. Prannoy reached the second round of the men's singles event in the Syed Modi International Badminton tournament here on Wednesday. Srikanth beat Russia's Vladimir Malkov in straight games (21-12, 21-11) in his 36-minute opening round clash to set up a second-round clash with fellow Indian Parupalli Kashyap, who got a walkover from Frenchman Lucas Corvee.

Meanwhile, Sai Praneeth defeated Malaysia's Iskandar Zulkarnain 21-16, 22-20 to set up a clash against Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand. Prannoy beat China's Li Shi Feng 18-21, 22-20, 21-13. He will face eight-seeded Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei, next. Among other Indians, 18-year-old Lakshya Sen also got a walkover after French shuttler Thomas Rouxel withdrew from the competition. Sourabh Verma and Ajay Jayram also entered the second round of the men's singles. Korea Masters 2019: Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma Knocked Out After Losing Second Round Matches. 

In-form pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, however, lost 12-21, 21-23 to China's Di Zi Jian and Wang Chang. In the women's section, Assamese shuttler Ashmita Chaliha made it to the second round after beating compatriot Vrushali Gummadi 21-16, 21-16. She will next play against Kim Hyo Min of Korea. Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2020 Auction: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Tai Tzu Ying Fetch Big Bids, PV Sindhu Retained by Hyderabad Hunters. 

In doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy entered the second round after beating Hong Kong pair of NG Tsz Yau and Yuen Sin Ying 21-13, 16-21, 21-19. The Indian duo will next play against the English pair of Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith. In other results, Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain defeated Bulgaria's Linda Zetchiri 21-16, 21-11 to set up a clash against Korea's Sim Yu Jin.