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PV Sindhu marches into next round of Denmark Open

Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has made a winning return to the badminton arena by marching into the next round of the Denmark Open at Odense. The two-time Olympic medallist, Sindhu, took 30 minutes to get across 29th ranked Neslihan Yigit of Turkey in straight games, 21-12, 21-10 in opening match of Women’s Singles of the World Tour Super 1000 tournament yesterday. The fourth-seeded Indian, will face Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the second round.

Former Champions Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma also sailed into the second round of Men’s Singles event. While Srikanth, outsmarted compatriot B Sai Praneeth 21-14 21-11, Sameer, ranked 28th, prevailed over Thailand’s world no 21 Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21-17 21-14. World Number 14 Srikanth will meet World Number 1 and top-seeded Japanese Kento Momota in the second round.

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Indian Men’s doubles players, however, had a mixed day. While Pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated English duo of Callum Hemming and Steven Stallwood 23-21 21-15 in their opener, MR Arjun and his partner Dhruv Kapila stunned England’s World Number 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 bowed out of the competition after losing to Malaysia’s Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 18-21 11-21 in the opening round.


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