Perfect game victories in men’s singles at 9,000-seater Istora Senayan stadium in Jakarta delivered by top Indian badminton player ‘Parupalli Kashyap’ and ‘HS Prannoy’ striking unbeaten start at BWF World Championships on Monday. Doubles partners Pradnya Gadre and N Sikki Reddy along with Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra strengthened with hard wins to advance annual tournament.
Mixed doubles team Tarun Kona and N Sikki Reddy besides Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan lost their relevant opening confront. Tenth seed Kashyap moved past Dutchman Erik Meijs 21-17, 21-10 in just 31 minutes. Later this ruling Commonwealth Games champion sustained his winning strip over Meijs to 2-0. Next the 28 year old Hyderabad resident who has 4-4 record against Kashyap will be playing against Nguyen Tien Minh who was Vietnam’s 2013 Worlds bronze medalist.
Kashyap said, “Today it was an OK match. Just felt the conditions were tough at the start but got a good rhythm at the end. The opponent played well at the start. Next match will be tougher, so need to prepare well for it.”
Next the 11th seed Parnnoy made an easy win claiming top 21-12 over Brazil’s Alex Yuwan Tjong 21-16 in 31 minutes. Initial match of World No 12 Prannoy will be against World No 109 Brazilian. He will playing against Edwin Ekiring of Uganda later in the game.
Parannoy stated, “Good to be back to winning days after injury. I was rusty in the second game but had to change the game a bit to attacking mode and then I got my rhythm back. Good first round for me. Need to trust myself and enjoy the next round too, without taking extra pressure. Never played him (Edwin Ekiring) but he is a good player. Cannot take him easily and I need to be on my toes day after.”
In first sequence of men’s doubles, Chopra and Dewalkar conquered defeating Russians Nikita Khakimov and Vasily Kuznetsov 17-21, 21-11, 21-11 in 44 minutes. Next they will take on Danish 10th seeds Mads Pieler Kolding and Mads Conrad-Petersen.
Winner of India Super Series Kidambi Srikanth, two-time bronze medal winner PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal who won Bronze at Olympics will advance their campaign on Tuesday.