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China Open: Srikanth, Satwik-Chirag enter pre-quarterfinals

Press Trust of India  |  Fuzhou 

Indian ace Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the pre-quarterfinals with an easy victory but HS exited after a straight-game loss in the opening round of Super 750 tournament here on Wednesday.

Fifth seed Srikanth, ranked 9th, saw off France's 21-12 21-16 in 35 minutes to set up a clash with Indonesia's

India's men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also entered the second round with a stunning 23-21 24-22 win over world no 6 Danish pair of Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding in a 53-minute hard-fought clash.

However, lost 11-21 14-21 to gold medallist Jonatan Christie of in another men's singles opener.

There was more bad in store for as young Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka went down 12-21 16-21 to Pornpawee Chochuwong of in a women's singles match.

In the mixed doubles, the Indian duo of Satwiksairaj and Ashwini Ponnappa fought hard before losing 21-18 19-21 17-21 to seventh seeded Malaysian combination of Chan Peng Soon and Goh

On way to his third win over world no 42 Corvee, Srikanth displayed good command over his game as he erased an initial 1-4 deficit to lead 11-7 at the break of the opening game. He then extended his stranglehold over his rival to pocket the game comfortably.

In the second game, Corvee showed fighting spirit for a while as he moved neck and neck with Srikanth till 7-7. After that the Indian grabbed a 11-9 advantage at the interval and then kept increasing his lead to eventually shut the door on the French.

On Tuesday, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu entered the pre-quarterfinals.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 20:15 IST
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