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HS Prannoy enters second round of Badminton World Championship

HS Prannoy defeated Abhinav Manota in the Badminton World Championship while Lin Dan and Viktor Axelsen won their respective first round matches.

other sports Updated: Jul 30, 2018 13:51 IST
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HS Prannoy defeated Abhinav Manota in the Badminton World Championship first round.(AFP)

HS Prannoy started his campaign at the World Championship in style beating New Zealand’s Abhinav Manota in straight games to enter the second round at the prestigious event in Nanjing on Monday.

Prannoy, world No 11, saw off Abhinav 21-12, 21-11 in a lop-sided contest that lasted just 28 minutes here.

Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who had won the Lagos International recently, defeated Bulgarian pair Daniel Nikolov and Ivan Rusev 21-13 21-18 to also make it to the second round.

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However, Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant went down fighting 20-22 14-21 to Turkey’s Bengisu Ercetin and Nazlıcan Inci in 34 minutes in the women’s doubles competition.

Axelsen, Lin Dan victorious

World champion Viktor Axelsen has begun his title defense with a dominating 21-8, 21-7 win over Duarte Anjo on the first day of the badminton world championships.

Axelsen controlled the match throughout Monday, taking an early lead in both games before winning 12 of the last 13 points to advance.

Despite being hampered by injuries early in the season, Axelsen won the European Championship in April and appears to be in the kind of form that last year helped him become the first European in 20 years to win the world title.

Third-seeded Shi Yuqi beat Adam Mendrek of Czech Republic 21-13, 21-11 in his opening match. Shi, who won the All England earlier this year, has the highest seeding of any of the Chinese men.

Viktor Axelsen of Denmark hits a shot against Duarte Nuno Anjo of Portugal. (AFP)

Five-time champion Lin Dan, seeded 9th, opened with a 21-14, 21-14 win over Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands. Caljouw leveled at 9-9 in the second game before Lin pulled away behind a series of precision smashes.

Among other first-round winners was No. 11 H.S. Prannoy of India, who beat Abhinav Manota of New Zealand 21-12, 21-11. He will face Brazilian Ygor Coelho in the second round.

No. 2-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia withdrew from the world championships and the upcoming Asian Games as he recovers from a respiratory problem, the Badminton Association of Malaysia said.

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 13:51 IST