File photo of H.S. Prannoy at Indonesia Open.(AP)
File photo of H.S. Prannoy at Indonesia Open.(AP)

Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy make winning start at World Championships

Praneeth, ranked 19th, defeated 66th-ranked Jason Anthony Ho-Shue of Canada 21-17, 21-16 in a first round clash lasting 39 minutes.
Basel | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 05:39 PM IST

India’s Sai Praneeth and H S Prannoy made convincing starts at the BWF World Championships to advance to the second round here on Monday. Praneeth, ranked 19th, defeated 66th-ranked Jason Anthony Ho-Shue of Canada 21-17, 21-16 in a first round clash lasting 39 minutes.

In another men’s singles first round match, world number 30 Prannoy fought back to beat 93rd-ranked Eetu Heino of Finland 17-21, 21-10, 21-11.

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India got a favourable result in the women’s doubles also with Meghana Jakkampudi and S Poorvisha Ram getting past the Guatemala pairing of Diana Corleto Soto and Nikte Alejandra Sotomayor 21-10, 21-18 to enter the second round.

The other Indians in fray, seventh seed Kidambi Srikanth and 10th seed Sameer Verma, play their first round later on Monday.

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