French Open Super Series: Indian shuttlers start on a winning note

ANI | Updated: Oct 26, 2017 10:54 IST

French Open Super Series: Indian shuttlers start on a winning note .

Paris [France], October 26 (ANI): The opening day of the French Open ended on a positive note for the Indian contingent as the ace shuttlers advanced into the second round of the Super Series here .

In women's singles, London Olympics medallist Saina Nehwal triumphed over Denmark's Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt 21-14, 11-21, 21-10 and will now clash with World No . 5, Akane Yamaguchi of Japan .

In a head-to-head fight, Rio Olympics silver-medallist P .V . Sindhu staged a 21-19, 21-18 win against Beatriz Corrales of Spain to meet Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in the next round of the French Open on Thursday .

The first day turned out to be not-so-tiring for the newly crowned Denmark Open winner and World No . 8 Kidambi Srikanth as his opponent Fabian Roth of Germany conceded the match to the Indian shuttler after retiring .

Srikanth will now look forward to continue his winning streak when he squares off against Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Indonesia in the next round of the men's singles .

Earlier, on the first day of the $ 325,000 Super Series tournament, ace Indian shuttler H .S . Prannoy also clinched a comfortable 21-15, 21-17 win over Korea's Lee Hyun Il in a one-sided men's singles match that lasted 43 minutes .

The 25-year-old will now cross swords with Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark for a place in the quarter-finals .

In another men's singles clash, B . Sai Praneeth also made it to second round after struggling past Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand 21-13, 21-23, 21-19 in the opening round .

However, the day was upsetting for Glasgow Commonwealth gold-medallist Parupalli Kashyap as his campaign ended in the French Open after receiving a 23-21, 18-21, 17-21 defeat from Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting .

Among other matches, the women duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N . Sikki Reddy also advanced into the next round scoring an easy 21-12, 21-12 win against England's Jenny Moore and Victoria Williams, whereas, men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B . Sumeeth Reddy's crashed out of the tournament after losing 11-21, 13-21 to the Russian pair of Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov .

The mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N . Sikki Reddy also suffered a first-round exit after 15-21, 12-21 loss to Indonesians Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir . (ANI)

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