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Highlights, World Badminton Championships 2018: Saina, Srikanth, Ashwini, Satwiksairaj shine in mixed day for Indians

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Highlights, World Badminton Championships 2018: Saina, Srikanth, Ashwini, Satwiksairaj shine in mixed day for Indians

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July 31, 2018 - 17:30 (IST)

End of Day 2 - Mixed feelings at the Indian camp 

What a day this has been for Indian fans!!! While the results of the singles matches went according to script, the doubles matches became a rollercoaster of emotions.

On Day 1, 7 out of 8 Indians made it to the next round at the World Championships. However, on Day 2, this was not the case. 

Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth sailed through to the next round with clinical performances. In the doubles division, Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy hogged all the limelight

Ashwini and Satwik won their second-round mixed doubles encounter after being a game down. Both these players then went on to pair with their respective partners in women's doubles (Sikki Reddy) and men's doubles (Chirag Shetty) to emerge victorious in those matches too. 

The other doubles pairs of Poorvisha/Meghana, Pranaav/Sikki, Kuhoo/Rohan, Kuhoo/Ningshi, Saurabh/Anoushka, Saurabh/Tarun, Arjun/Shlok failed to qualifyu for the next round. Most of these Indian doubles pairs showed a lot of spunk to fight till the end, but fell just short of the finish line. 

As I said earlier, it was a mixed day for the Indian contingent and its fans.

However, tomorrow is a new day and we will see Indian shuttlers like PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Sai Praneeth in singles action. 

In the doubles division, formidable Indian pairs like Manu/Sumeeth, Ashwini/Sikki, Satwik/Chirag will be in action.

So will we with our coverage of all that's happening at Nanjing, China at the BWF World Badminton Championships.

That's it from us and thank you for joining Firstpost and looking forward to seeing you again for Day 3. 

July 31, 2018 - 17:12 (IST)

21-11. Chang Ching Hui/Yang Ching Tun see off the Indian duo in 37 minutes, in spite of a spirited performance from Kuhoo Garg and Ningshi Block Hazarika. It's doubly heart-breaking for Garg, whose journey at the tournament has come to a premature end after losing twice today.

July 31, 2018 - 17:09 (IST)

18-11!  It seems like their best is just not enough, with Garg and Hazarika putting themselves about eagerly, but ultimately failing to get past the efficient Chinese Taipei duo.

July 31, 2018 - 17:06 (IST)

16-11! It's now or never for the young pair of Kuhoo Garg/Ningshi Block Hazarika, who need to rally and fight back. Will the Indians be able to enforce a decider or will they bow out?

July 31, 2018 - 17:03 (IST)

11-5! At the mid-game break in the second game, things are not looking good for the Indians. Chang Ching Hui/Yang Ching Tun have picked up the pace with victory almost within reach. 

July 31, 2018 - 17:00 (IST)

10-4! Chang Ching Hui/Yang Ching Tun carry their form into the second game, establishing a sizeable lead over the Indians. Kuhoo Garg/Ningshi Block Hazarika will need to act quickly to avoid an early exit.

July 31, 2018 - 16:57 (IST)

3-3! Kuhoo Garg's defence is absolutely on point as the Indians rally back to cut down their opponent's early lead in the second game.

July 31, 2018 - 16:54 (IST)

21-19! Chang Ching Hui/Yang Ching Tun take the opening game to put Kuhoo Garg at risk of crashing out of two formats in the same day. There were a few positives for the Indian duo, however, with a couple of unforced errors derailing a late comeback.  

July 31, 2018 - 16:48 (IST)

18-14! Despite some hard work from Kuhoo Garg/Ningshi Block Hazarika, the pair from Chinese Taipei are perfectly poised to take the opening game.

July 31, 2018 - 16:46 (IST)

13-12! Kuhoo Garg single-handedly claws back a point for the Indian duo with some excellent net play but Chang Ching Hui/Yang Ching Tun are not making it easy for them.

Day 1 Report: Indian shuttlers enjoyed a comfortable outing on the opening day of the Badminton World Championship on Monday with HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma sailing into the second round of the men's singles while the doubles shuttlers also marched to the next round with ease.

Prannoy, seeded 11th in the tournament, hardly broke into a sweat in cruising past unseeded New Zealander Abhinav Manota in straight games 21-12, 21-11 in a match that lasted 28 minutes. He will next take on Brazilian Ygor Coelho in the second round.

Sameer also advanced comfortably to the next round after thrashing France's Lucas Corvee 21-13, 21-10 in a 39-minute affair.

Highlights World Badminton Championships 2018 Saina Srikanth Ashwini Satwiksairaj shine in mixed day for Indians

Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Tai Tzu Ying. Agencies

There was good news from the doubles shuttlers too as the men's duo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and the mixed doubles pairs of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, and Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also advanced to the second round.

While Manu and Sumeeth defeated Bulgarian pair Daniel Nikolov and Ivan Rusev 21-13, 21-18 in the 26-minute affair, the mixed doubles combo of Pranaav and Sikki comfortably went past the Czech Republic duo of Jakub Bitman and Alzbeta Basova 21-17, 21-15 in a 30-minute tie.

Later in the day, Satwik and Ashwini floored Denmark's Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen 21-9, 22-20 in a tie that lasted 36 minutes.

In another mixed doubles tie, Saurabh Sharma and Anoushka Parikh beat Nigerians Enejoh Abah and Peace Orji 21-13, 21-12 comprehensively in 26 minutes while Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg defeated Canada's Toby NG and Rachel Honderich 21-19, 21-6 in 28 minutes.

However, it was curtains for the women's doubles pair of Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant, who lost their opening round clash 20-22, 14-21 to Turkey's Bengisu Ercetin and Nazlican Inci in 34 minutes.

Among others, top seed and defending champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark enjoyed a comfortable 21-8, 21-7 win over Portugal's Duarte Anjo, while third seed and reigning All England Champion Shi Yuqi of China beat Adam Mendrek of the Czech Republic 21-13, 21-11 to proceed to the second round.

With inputs from IANS 

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