BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth wins first-round match
Indian badminton ace Kidambi Srikanth beat Pablo Abian of Spain to begin his BWF World Championships campaign on a winning note here on Sunday.
The 12th seeded Indian beat the local challenger 21-12 21-16 in 36 minutes in the first round of the men's singles event.
B Sai Praneeth, on the other hand, faced a first round exit despite gaining the advantage in his clash against Mark Caljouw. He won the opening game 21-17 before his opponent made a brilliant comeback in the second, closing it 7-21. The Dutch shuttler held on to the momentum and went on to win the third and final game 21-18.
The Indian men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, however, lost in straight games against Joel Elpe and Rasmus Kjaer of Denmark in the opening round.
Attri and Sumeeth lost 16-21 15-21 in 32 minutes to make an exit from the showpiece event.
Earlier in the day, the women's doubles pair of Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh retired after they lost the first game 12-21 to the Dutch duo of Alyssa Tirtosentono and Imke van der Aar.
Reigning champion PV Sindhu, who got a bye in the first round, will open her campaign against Martina Repiska of Slovakia.