In the Swiss Grand Prix badminton championship, Kashyap and Anand Pawar reached second round easily
World No. 9 shuttler P.V. Sindhu won her women’s singles opener beating Malaysia’s Sannatasah Saniru 21-18, 21-15 at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold here on Wednesday. However, Shixian Wang of China thrashed Saili Rane 21-8, 21-9.
Women’s singles: P.V. Sindhu bt Sannatasah Saniru 21-18, 21-15; Saili Rane lost to Shixian Wang 21-8, 21-9.
Men’s singles: P. Kashyap bt Erik Meijs 21-17, 21-15; Anand Pawar bt Kok Pong Loke 21-17, 21-10; K. Srikanth lost to Henri Hurskainen 19-21, 21-18, 21-17.
Mixed doubles: Tarun Kona & Ashwini Ponnappa lost to Robert Mateusiak & Agnieszka Wojtkowska 21-10, 16-21, 21-13.
Parupalli Kashyap and Anand Pawar reached the second round of the men’s singles competition with straight game victories but it was curtains for young Kidambi Srikanth in the $125,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold tournament in Basel.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Kashyap prevailed over The Netherlands’s Erik Meijs 21-17 21-15 in a match that last 34 minutes. The third seed Indian will next take on German Lukas Schmidt in the next round.
Anand too didn’t break much sweat before getting across Malaysia’s Kok Pong Loke 21-17 21-10 in a 26-minute match on Tuesday night to set up a meeting with another German Tobias Wadenka.
However, Thailand Grand Prix Gold winner, Srikanth, seeded fifth, could not reach the next stage after his gallant fight against Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen ended with a close 21-19 18-21 17-21 defeat in the opening round.
World number 18 Kashyap lead 6-3 early on but he lost the lead and was 9-11 down but he raised his game in time and pocketed the first game.
The second game was a more comfortable ride as Kashyap jumped from 5-4 to 10-4 and didn’t give any chance to his opponent and closed the door on Erik.