Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the China Open World Tour Super 750 tournament while HS Prannoy crashed out after a straight-game loss in the opening round here on Wednesday.
Also, Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka suffered a 12-21, 16-21 loss against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in a women’s singles contest. In the mixed doubles affair, the Indian pair comprising Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also lost 21-18, 19-21, 17-21 to seventh seeded Malaysian duo of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying. But, Satwiksairaj had something to cheer for in men’s doubles.
He and his partner Chirag Stetty made it to the Round-of-16 with a stunning 23-21, 24-22 win over the seventh-seeded Danish team of Mads Pieler Kolding and Mats Conrad-Petersen.
Earlier, Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu cruised past Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia in the opening round in women’s singles. The Olympic silver medalist registered an easy 21-13 21-19 win in a match that lasted less than 30 minutes.