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All England Championship: Saina, Srikanth enter 2nd round

Birmingham: India’s Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made a triumphant beginning to the All England Championship, scoring up straight diversion triumphs in the ladies’ and men’s singles rivalry here.

A previous finalist, Saina crushed Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour 21-17 21-18 out of 35 minutes, while Srikanth took 30 minutes to discard France’s Brice Leverdez 21-13 21-11 on Wednesday night.

In the following round, Saina will take on Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt, while Srikanth will confront Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie.

“I truly appreciate it a great deal, it’s something each player turns upward to and the test is much harder than standard Super Series occasions,” Saina, an Olympic bronze medallist, said subsequent to advancing to the following stage.

“Everybody needs to have that trophy at the same time, as I stated, you need to play your regular diversion to be the best and can’t generally put weight on yourself that you must have it. On the off chance that it is in your predetermination you will get it, yet the test is to put forth a valiant effort and beat the best players,” she included.

B Sai Praneeth additionally made it to the second round and will confront Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus.

Sameer Verma wasted a first diversion preferred standpoint to go down battling 21-16 18-21 14-21 to previous title holder and world no 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, retiring from the competition.

The ladies’ duplicates pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy battled a tiresome fight before losing 21-16 26-28 16-21 to seventh-seeded Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto.

Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra, who is returning from damage, lost 21-23 17-21 to Hong King’s Chang Tak Ching and NG Wing Yung.

The men’s pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy additionally lost 19 21-16 14-21 to the Chinese blend of Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu.

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