Sameer Verma goes down to Lin Dan, PV Sindhu sails through

Aug 02, 2018, 08:45 IST | PTI

India's HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma suffer early defeats; PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Praneeth win at BWF World Championships

Sameer Verma goes down to Lin Dan, PV Sindhu sails through
India's Sameer Verma returns to China’s Lin Dan yesterday. Pic/AFP

PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth notched up contrasting wins to progress to the pre-quarterfinals, but World No. 11 HS Prannoy suffered a shock defeat to unheralded Brazilian Ygor Coelho to bow out of the World Championship here yesterday. Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who had got a bye in the first round, opened her campaign with an easy 21-14, 21-9 win over Indonesia's Fitriani. The Indian, who won the silver medal last year, will face Korean Sung Ji Hyun, a 2015 World Championship bronze medallist, in the next round.

Srikanth, seeded fifth, recovered from a slump during the hard-fought contest to see off Spain's Pablo Abian in a second-round match. Srikanth, 25, who had clinched four titles last year, will lock horns with Malaysia's Daren Liew, a former World No. 10, who had won the 2012 French Open Super Series.

India's HS Prannoy suffered a 21-8, 16-21, 15-21 second round-loss to Spain's Pablo Abian in the World Championships yesterday. Pic/AFP
India's HS€ Prannoy suffered a 21-8, 16-21, 15-21 second round-loss to Spain's Pablo Abian in the World Championships yesterday. Pic/AFP

B Sai Praneeth also entered the next round after defeating Spain's Luís Enrique Penalver 21-18, 21-11 to set up a meeting with Denmark's Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus. However, Prannoy and Sameer Verma bowed out of the tournament. Prannoy, seeded 11th, couldn't hold on to the momentum after breezing through the opening game to eventually lose 21-8, 16-21, 15-21 to Coelho, ranked 39th in the world.

Later, Sameer failed to get across former two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, losing 17-21, 14-21. It also turned out to be a disastrous day for the Indian doubles pairs as all of them lost their respective matches to crash out of the prestigious tournament. Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty did all the hard work but couldn't go the full distance, losing 18-21, 21-15, 16-21 to Danish pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in men's doubles.

Ashwini Ponnapa and N Sikki Reddy were no match for second seeded Japanese combination of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, going down 14-21, 15-21 in the second round women's doubles event. National champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy waged a gallant battle before losing 24-22, 13-21 16-21 to seventh seed Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko of Japan in men's doubles.

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