Badminton World Championships: Saina, Srikanth, Prannoy advance; Kashyap exits
India's shuttle queen Saina Nehwal emphatically progressed while third seeded men's star Kidambi Srikanth also showed his credentials by winning but 10th seeded Parupalli Kashyap was knocked out of the World Championships
Jakarta: India's shuttle queen Saina Nehwal emphatically progressed while third seeded men's star Kidambi Srikanth also showed his credentials by winning but 10th seeded Parupalli Kashyap was knocked out of the World Championships here on Wednesday.
The second seeded Saina, who got a bye in the first round, had an easy start to her campaign as she took just 34 minutes to overcome her opponent.
Saina showed her imperious form to demolish her opponent Chinese Taipei's Cheung Ngan Yi 21-13, 21-9 in the second round match at the 9000-seater Istora Senayan.
The World No.2 only needed 33 minutes to complete the formalities, collecting 42 of the 64 total points played in a completely one-sided affair.
Saina will next face 14th seed Japanese Sayaka Takahashi, who defeated Switzerland's Sabrina Jaquet 21-11, 21-17.
Kashyap was knocked out of the tournament after losing 21-17, 13-21, 18-21 to Nguyen Tien Minh of Hong Kong in the second round at the 9000-seater Istora Senayan in a match that stretched for an hour and five minutes.
Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponappa. Pic/ Shadab Khan
Meanwhile, the other Indian in the men's singles fray -- H S Prannoy -- also made it to the pre-quarterfinals with straight-game victory.
World No. 3 Srikanth, who won the India Super Series this year, defeated Chinese Taipei's Hsu Jen Hao 21-14 21-15, while world No. 12 Prannoy beat Uganda's Edwin Ekiring 21-14 21-19 in another lop-sided contest.
Third seed Srikanth will take on 13th seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong, against whom the Hyderabadi has a 2-0 record, while 11th seed Prannoy have a tough task ahead as he faces seventh seeded Dane Viktor Axelsen. The world No. 7 has beaten Prannoy twice in the last two meetings.
But the Jwala-Ashwini pair had better luck, winning their second round contest 21-10, 21-18 against Chinese Taipei's duo of Hsieh Pei Chen and Wu Ti Jung.
The doubles specialists dominated the contest from the very beginning and wrapped up the match in just 24 minutes, winning 42 of the 70 total points played.
They will next play the Japanese pair of Reika Kakiiwa and Miyuki Maeda in the next round.
The other Indian doubles pair of Pradnya Gadre and Sikki N. Reddy failed to emulate their senior teammates and went down fighting 17-21, 19-21 against Japan's Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito.