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Dismal start to season for Indian shuttlers at Malaysia Masters badminton

All Indian shuttlers who played on Tuesday lost at the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

other sports Updated: Jan 16, 2018 17:47 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Kuala Lumpur
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Parupalli Kashyap lost in the qualifiers of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament on Tuesday.(PTI)

Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy failed to cross the opening hurdle at the season-opening $350,000 Malaysia Masters, here today.

Sikki and Pranaav suffered a 18-21 17-21 loss to seventh seed Hong Kong pair of Lee Chun Hei Reginald and Chau Hoi Wahto begin the international season on a disappointing note.

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Indo-Malaysian combo of Prajakta Sawant and Yogendran Khrishnan reached the second round of the mixed doubles after getting a walkover from Australian combo of Sawan Serasinghe and Setyana Mapasa.

With the Premier Badminton League coming to an end last Sunday, Indian shuttlers, including Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth, decided to take part in the Malaysia Masters, which is one of the seven BWF World Tour Super 500 event.

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However, it was a dismal start to the international calender for most Indian as they failed to cross the opening hurdle.

In the men’s singles qualifier, Kashyap suffered a 14-21 17-21 loss to Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen, while Subhankar Dey lost 21-11 11-21 9-21 to Denmark’s Kim Bruun.

In women’s doubles qualifiers, Aparna Balan and Sruthi KP lost to Singapore pair of Ong Ren-Ne and Wong Jia Ying Crystal 12-21 21-18 15-21, while Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant suffered a 20-22 18-21 defeat to Malaysian pair of Chiew Sien Lim and Zhen Yap.

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Praneeth will face Kantaphon Wangcharoen tomorrow, while women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will take on German combo of Johanna Goliszewski and Kaepplein Lara.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 17:47 IST