It was an easy outing for Indian shuttlers at the Siri Fort Complex as all of them advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the individual draw.
Leading the charge was world No. 3, Saina Nehwal, who thrashed Sarah Thomas of Wales 21-5, 21-9. The 20-year-old made broke no sweat in packing off her inexperienced opponent.
"It was an easy match. The real test will start from the quarterfinal stage," said Saina after the match.
In men's singles, P. Kashyap got the better of Charles Conran Saunders Pyne of Jamaica 21-5, 21-2 to enter prequarters while world No. 18 Chetan Anand beat Ola. Fagbemi of Nigeria in straight games.
In mixed doubles category, all the three Indian pairs conveniently booked their pre-quarterfinal berths. The second seed pair of Jwala Gutta and V. Diju thumped Jamaica's Karjohn KF and Henry Gat while Ashwini Ponappa and Rupesh Kumar got the better of Raj and Renuga Veeran of Australia in three games. Apart from Saina, the other Indian contender in women's singles and fifth seed, Aditi Mutatkar, also marched ahead with a straight games win over Subodha Kumari of Sri Lanka.
Mouma, Subhajit out
Indian mixed doubles duo of Mouma Das and Subhajit Saha crashed out in the first round of the event. The pair went down to Canada's Andre Ho and Anqi Luo 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 at the Yamuna Sports Complex. The other three pairs had it easy as they advanced to the pre-quarterfinal round.
Achintha Sharath Kamal, the defending champion in men's singles teamed up with young Shamimi Kumaresan to beat Nigeria's Atinuke Olaide N. and Seun Ajetunmobi 3-2. Madhurika Suhas Patkar and A Amalraj also marched ahead. In the last match, Poulomi Ghatak and Soumyadeep
Roy beat Canada's Xavier Therien and Carmen Lee 11-7, 11-7, 11-1.