Shuttlers Kashyap, Prannoy advance in Singapore

Singapore: Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and H.S. Prannoy notched up straight games victories to progress to the men's singles second round at the $300,000 Singapore Open Superseries here on Wednesday.

A little later women's doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also advanced to the second round beating South Koreans Go Ah Ra and Yoo Hae Won 21-12, 21-16 in 33 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Parupalli Kashyap

World No.17 Kashyap had an easy outing against South Korean Lee Hyun Il as he came out on top 21-11, 21-13 in 33 minutes to earn his second win over the World No.26 in five meetings.

The Indian will next take on another South Korean, fourth seed Son Wan Ho against whom Kashyap has never won in their previous two meetings.

Son earlier took care of Kashyap's compatriot R.M.V. Gurusaidutt 16-21, 21-12, 21-15 in an hour and three minutes before progressing to the second round.

On the other hand, Prannoy defeated Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-15, 21-17 in 40 minutes to extend his career record to 3-1.

On other courts, Danish Line Kjaersfeldt overcame P.C. Thulasi 21-16, 21-14 in 35 minutes in a women's singles match while South Korean fifth seeds Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na beat Tarun Kona and N. Sikki Reddy 21-15, 21-17 in 29 minutes in mixed doubles.

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