Top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P Kashyap, along with two other Indians, sailed into the second round of the Denmark Super Series Premier with contrasting wins in the opening round, but it was curtains for PV Sindhu on Wednesday.
Defending champion Saina brushed aside Bulgaria’s Stefani Stoeva 21-16, 21-12 but world number 10 Sindhu failed to clear the first-round hurdle in the singles competition.
World championship bronze-medallist, Sindhu played her heart out before losing 19-21, 20-22 to Japan’s Eriko Hirose in 50 minutes. In the men’s singles, Kashyap reached the second round after his opponent Daren Liew of Malaysia retired midway at 11-4.
Ajay Jayaram beat eight seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand 21-11, 21-14, while RMV Gurusaidutt notched up a 21-17, 21-14 victory over Hong Kong’s Yun Hu in other men’s singles opening round matches. However, women’s singles player Arundhati Pantawane bowed out of the first round after suffering a 17-21, 15-21 loss to top seed Xuerui Li of China. The men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy B lost 14-21 14-21 to German combo of Michael Fuchs and Johannes Schoettler in 29 minutes.