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

SportsBadmintonSindhu, Srikanth and Sameer off to a good start at Denmark Open
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Two-time Olympic medalist P V Sindhu made a winning start against Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit in the Denmark Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament.

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

Reigning world champion Sindhu took just 30 minutes to register a 21-12, 21-10 win over the world number 29 in the women’s singles match.

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

Former champion Kidambi Srikanth and India’s Sameer Verma also made winning starts in the men’s singles section of the tournament here.

Srikanth had won the title here in 2017. He beat compatriot B Sai Praneeth 21-14, 21-11 in 30 minutes. Sameer, ranked 28th, defeated 21st ranked Kunlavut Viditsaran of Thailand 21-17, 21-14.

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

However, the performance of Indian players in men’s doubles 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 England’s world number 17 Ben Lane and Sean Vendy. 21-19 21-15.

Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, however, suffered first round defeats. They were defeated 21-18, 21-11 by Malaysia’s Go Jae Fei and Noor Izzuddin.

Sindhu, who is ranked seventh in the world rankings, did not have to sweat much in her match.

He took it easily after taking a 5-4 lead in the first game.

She was trailing 1-3 early in the second game but came back to lead 10-4. Yigit, however, scored four points in a row to make it 10-9. After this, the Indian player raised the level of his game and won the match.

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