Swiss open: Srikanth, Saina start with easy victories

March 24, 2022

BadmintonAll England Open Champions


Seventh seed Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal made winning starts in the singles competition while Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy battled past reigning All England Open champions Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Bagas Maulana in the Swiss Open here today.

Srikanth defeated Denmark’s Mads Christophersen 21-16 21-17 in the men’s singles opening round. Parupalli Kashyap cruised to a 21-17 21-9 win over France’s Enogat Roy, while HS Prannoy defeated B Sai Praneeth 25-23 21-16.

Third seeds Shetty and Rankireddy beat the Indonesian pair 17-21 21-11 21-18 in the men’s doubles.

In the women’s singles, Saina outplayed Yaelle Hoyaux 21-8 21-13. Ashmita Chaliha beat France’s LéOnice Huet 19-21 21-10 21-11.

The mixed doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy lost its first round match and so did the women’s doubles combine of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand.

The Chinese team had pulled out of the Super 300 tournament due to multiple Covid-19 cases and injuries to its players. — PTI

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