Returning to action after a break, double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu beat Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit in straight games to join compatriots Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma in the second round of the Denmark Open in Odense on Tuesday.
Reigning world champion Sindhu beat the 29th ranked Yigit 21-12 21-10 in 30 minutes in her women’s singles opener of the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament. The fourth seeded Indian, who had skipped the Sudirman Cup and Uber Cup Final after the Tokyo Olympics, will next face Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
Former champion Srikanth and Sameer also made winning starts to their men’s singles campaigns at the USD 850,000 event.
While Srikanth, who had claimed the title in 2017, beat compatriot B Sai Praneeth 21-14 21-11 in 30 minutes, Sameer, ranked 28th, beat Thailand’s world no 21 Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21-17 21-14 in a 42-minute clash. World No. 14 Srikanth will meet world No. 1 and top seed Japanese Kento Momota in the second round, while Sameer is likely to face Denmark’s third seed Anders Antonsen in the next round.
Meanwhile, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated English pair of Callum Hemming and Steven Stallwood 23-21 21-15 in their men’s doubles opener. MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila stunned England’s world No. 17 pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy 21-19 21-15 to make a positive start to their campaign. However, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy were knocked out after losing 18-21 11-21 to Malaysia’s Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin in the opening round.