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Srikanth, Pawar & Praneeth reach third round of Swiss Open

Basel (Switzerland): Top seed Kidambi Srikanth alongwith other Indian shuttlers Anand Pawar and B Sai Praneeth entered the third round of the USD 120,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship here yesterday.

Anand Pawar
Anand Pawar. Pic/AFP

World No. 5 Srikanth, who hogged the limelight last year after winning the China Super Series Premier, defeated Germany's Dieter Domke 21-10 21-14 to set up a clash with Denmark's Emil Holst.

The 22-year-old from Andra Pradesh had defeated France's Lucas Corvee 21-18 21-10 in the opening round. Anand Pawar, seeded 16th, notched up a moral-boosting 13-21 22-20 21-16 victory over Malaysia's Daren Liew in the second round. The 28-year-old, who had beaten Switzerland's Joel Koenig 21-11 21-13 in the opener, will next take on Japan's Kazumasa Sakai.

Rising shuttler B Sai Praneeth prevailed over Malaysia's Beryno Jiann Tze Wong 21-11 21-13 in a 23-minute match. He had beaten Croatia's Luka Zdenjak 21-9 21-9 in the first round and will meet Chinese Taipei's Hsu Jen Hao, who is seeded seventh in the tournament.

Dutch Open winner Ajay Jayaram defeated fifth seed Hong Kong's Hu Yun 21-7 21-7 in a lop-sided match in the opening round and will clash with Belgium's Yuhan Tan next later in the day. In men's doubles, Indian duo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will meet Indonesian pair of Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira and Ade Yusuf in the first round.

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