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Badminton BWF World Championships 2018: Kidambi Srikanth beats Nhat Nguyen to enter second round

Kidambi Srikanth defeated Nhat Nguyen of Ireland 21-15, 21-16 in 37 minutes.

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Badminton BWF World Championships 2018: Kidambi Srikanth beats Nhat Nguyen to enter second round
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Kidambi Srikanth eased into the second round of the BWF World Championships 2018 as as he beat Nhat Nguyen of Ireland in straight games at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old thrashed his Irish opponent 21-15, 21-16 in a one-sided first-round clash that lasted 37 minutes.

Srikanth, who was facing the unseeded Irish player for the very first time, did not break much sweat to get past Nguyen.

Making a strong start, the Indian shuttler took the initial lead of six points in the first game as his opponent made a series of unforced errors.

Nguyen, out of nowhere, came back strongly and gained back-to-back points to lead the opening game for the first time. The scoreline now read 15-14 in the favour of Irish player.

As the game started to tilt in favour of Nguyen, the Indian shuttler collected six back-to-back points to clinch the first game 21-15.

The second game looked more balanced as both the players were moving parallel to each other on the points table. Soon, Indian shuttler started to accelerate and at the break, it was 11-9 in favour of Srikanth.

Srikanth showed some stunning badminton moves on the court and collected six points in a row before eventually winning the second game 21-16.

The world number six Indian will now take on Pablo Abian from Spain in third round clash which will take place on August 1.

India's mixed doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa staged fanstastic comeback in their second round match. They lost the opening game 10-21 but then won the next two games 21-17, 21-18 to take the match. 

However, India's top mixed doubles duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost to Indonesian combine of Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in their enconter.

In the men's doubles, the pair of Arjun MR and Ramachandran Shlok suffered defeat in straight games against Malaysian One Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 14-21, 15-21 in 29 minutes. Tarun Kona and Saurabh Sharma also lost their men's doubles match against Chin Chung and Chun Man Tang from Hong Kong 20-22, 21-18, 17-21.

Indians in action on Tuesday 

Women's Singles: Saina Nehwal beats Aliye Demirbag 21-17, 21-8

Men's Singles - Kidambi Srikanth beats Nhat Nguyen 21-15, 21-16 

Mixed Doubles: Pranaav Chopra/Sikki Reddy lose to Hafiz Fazal/Gloria Emannulle 16-21, 4-21 

Men's Doubles - Tarun Kona/Saurabh Sharma lose to Or Chin Chung/Tang Chun Man 20-22, 21-18, 17-21

Mixed Doubles: Rohan Kapoor/Kuhoo Garg lose to Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock 12-21, 12-21

Mixed Doubles:  Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa beat Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich 10-21 21-17 21-18

Mixed Doubles: Saurabh Sharma/Anoushka Parikh v/s Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying

Women's Doubles - Kuhoo Garg/Ningshi Hazarika v/s Chang Ching Hui/Yang Ching Tun

Men's Doubles - Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty v/s Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge

Men's Doubles - Arjun MR/Shlok Ramchandran v/s Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi

Women's Doubles - Meghana Jakkampudi/Poorvisha Ram v/s Debora Jille/Imke van der Aar

Men's Doubles - Ashiwni Ponnappa/N Sikki Reddy v/s Chiang Kia Hsin/Hung Shih Han

Men's Singles - Sai Praneeth v/s Son Wan Ho

Prannoy, Sameer excel on Day 1

On Monday, the first day of competetions, HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma scored straight-game victories as India made a resounding start.  

World no 11 Prannoy started his campaign in style beating New Zealand's Abhinav Manota 21-12 21-11, while Sameer dumped France's Lucas Corvee 21-13 21-10 to progress to the second round.
Prannoy, who had clinched a bronze medal at the Asia Badminton Championship this year, will face Brazil's Ygor Coelho, while Swiss Open champion Sameer will have an uphill task of taming the legendary Lin Dan of China, a two-time Olympic gold medallist.

Indian mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, who had been in good form at the Commonwealth Games, prevailed 21-9 22-20 over Denmark's Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen.

The world no 39 Indian combine will next face the German pairing of Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich, seeded 15th.

Men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who had won the Lagos International recently, defeated Bulgarian pair Daniel Nikolov and Ivan Rusev 21-13 21-18 to also make it to the second round.

Young Indian mixed doubles pairing of Saurabh Sharma and Anoushka Parikh, and Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg, also pulled off impressive wins to advance to the second round.

Saurabh and Anoushka defeated Nigerian combo of Enejoh Abah and Peace Orji 21-13 21-12, while Rohan and Kuhoo, who had finished runners-up at the Russian Open, beat Canada's Toby Ng and Rachel Honderich 21-19 21-6 in another mixed doubles match.

However, Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant went down fighting 20-22 14-21 to Turkey's Bengisu Ercetin and Nazlican Inci in 34 minutes in the women's doubles competition. 

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