China Masters Grand Prix Gold: Pranaav-Akshay pair advance to second round, K Srikanth ousted
Indian men's doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar crossed the opening hurdle, reaching the second round of the China Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Changzhou on Wednesday.
Changzhou, China: Indian men's doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar crossed the opening hurdle, reaching the second round of the China Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Changzhou on Wednesday.
Pranaav and Akshay beat Singapore's Yong Kai Terry Hee and Kean Hean Loh 21-18 21-13. They will meet seventh seeded Chinese pair of Wang Yilyu and Zhang Wen.
Eighth seeded Indian combo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, however, lost 19-21 16-21 to Dutch pair of Ruud Bosch and Oliver Leydon-Davis in the opening round.
Swiss Open winner, H S Prannoy had beaten Malaysia's Joo Ven Soong 19-21 21-14 21-18 in the opening round on Tuesday.
Top Indian shuttler K Srikanth, however, suffered yet another first round exit after losing to Chinese Taipei's Lin Yu Hsien 21-12 21-17. National champion Sameer Verma had withdrawn for the event.
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Tournament officials will survey the golf course with the intention of beginning the final round in groups of three off the first and 10th tees.
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