Sindhu, Srikanth and Sameer get off to a good start at Denmark Open

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Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu started off with a win against Neslihan Yijit of Turkey at the Denmark Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament.

Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma also started their journey in the tournament with wins.

It took just 30 minutes for defending world champion Sindhu to register a 21-12, 21-10 win over the 29th ranked player in the women’s singles match.

The fourth-seeded Indian, who has been out of the Sudirman Cup and Uber Cup finals after the Tokyo Olympics, will face Thailand’s Busanan Ongamrougaphan in the second round.

Former champion Kidambi Srikanth and India’s Sameer Verma also started the tournament with victories in the men’s singles section here.

Srikanth had won the title here in 2017. He defeated compatriot B Sai Praneeth 21-14, 21-11 in 30 minutes. On the other hand, 28th-ranked Sameer defeated Thailand’s 21st-ranked Kunlawut Viditsarn 21-17, 21-14.

World No. 14 Srikanth is likely to face top seed Kento Momota of Japan in the second round. On the other hand, Sameer can play third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark.

The performance of Indian players in men’s doubles, however, was mixed.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat England’s Callum Hemming and Steven Stallwood 23-21, 21-15 in their opening match, while MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila defeated Ben Lane and Sean Wendy’s England world No. 17. defeated the pair 21-19 21-15.

Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, however, lost in the first round. He was defeated 21-18, 21-11 by Go Je Fei and Noor Izuddin of Malaysia.

Sindhu, ranked seventh in the world rankings, did not sweat much in her bout.

He easily made it to his name after taking a 5-4 lead in the first game.

She was trailing 1-3 at the start of the second game but then came back to take a 10-4 lead. Yijit, however, took four consecutive points to make the score 10-9. After this, the Indian player raised the level of his game and won the match.

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