It was a mixed day for the Indian shuttlers at the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament as R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, K. Srikanth and Sameer Verma won their respective first round matches while the others crashed out of the men’s singles event in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
The 11th-seeded Gurusaidutt prevailed over Chao Huang of Singapore 21-19, 14-21, 21-17 in a battle that lasted 47 minutes.
Sameer got the better of Wei Jian Ai of Malaysia 21-10, 21-9 to enter the second round, while Srikanth outplayed Sung Min Park of Korea 21-13, 21-11.
However, the other Indians in the fray — Oscar Bansal and Abhimanyu Singh — failed to cross the first hurdle.
Bansal fought hard before going down to Beryno Jiann Tze Wong of Malaysia 21-7, 16-21, 15-21, while Abhimanyu gave Hong Kong’s Yan Kit Chan a walkover in the first round.
Earlier, H.S. Prannoy got a walkover in the first round as Tommy Sugiarto withdrew.