Nanjing (China): HS Prannoy started his campaign on a winning note as he advanced into the second round of Badminton World Championships by thrashing Abhinav Manota of New Zealand in straight games here, Monday.
Seeded 11th in the tournament Prannoy hardly broke any sweat as he cruised past an unseeded New Zealander 21-12, 21-11 in the match that lasted 28 minutes. He will next take on Brazilian Ygor Coelho who won after his opponent Wong Wing Ki of China retired in the third game. The score was one-all after the first two games.
However, the men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also advanced into the second round after posting convincing wins over their respective opponents.
While Manu and Sumeeth defeated Bulgarian pair Daniel Nikolov and Ivan Rusev 21-13, 21-18 in the 26-minute affair, the mixed doubles combo of Pranaav and Sikki comfortably went past the Czech Republic duo of Jakub Bitman and Alzbeta Basova 21-17, 21-15 in a 30-minute contest.
Meanwhile it was curtains for the women’s doubles pair of Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant, who lost their opening round clash 20-22, 14-21 to Turkey’s Bengisu Ercetin and Nazlican Inci in 34 minutes.
At a glance
HS Prannoy bt Abhinav Manota 21-12, 21-11
Manu Attri & B Sumeeth Reddy bt Daniel Nikolov & Ivan Rusev 21-13, 21-18
Pranaav Jerry Chopra & N Sikki Reddy bt Jakub Bitman & Alzbeta Basova 21-17, 21-15