Indonesia Grand Prix Gold: P Kashyap, HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram advance to second round
A fit-again P Kashyap of India resumed his journey in international badminton by notching up a comfortable win, while H S Prannoy and Ajay Jayaram also advanced to the second round of Indonesia Grand Prix Gold in Indonesia on Wednesday.
Balikpapan: A fit-again P Kashyap of India resumed his journey in international badminton by notching up a comfortable win, while H S Prannoy and Ajay Jayaram also advanced to the second round of Indonesia Grand Prix Gold in Indonesia on Wednesday.
Kashyap, whose Rio Olympics dream was derailed by a series of injuries, spanked Nathaniel Ernestan Sulistyo of Indonesia 21-6 21-8 to sail into the second round, while seventh seeded Prannoy rallied to win 16-21 21-19 21-14 over Ha Young Woong of Korea and third seed Jayaram beat local lad Yehezkiel Fritz Mainaky 21-8 21-9.
B Sai Praneeth overcame Riyanto Subagja of Indonesia 21-18 13-21 21-13, but P C Thulasi suffered defeat in women's singles to Xiaoyu Liang of Singapore 21-12 21-15 at the Dome Stadium.
Tanvi Lad and Ruthvika Shivani Gadde also faced defeat in women's singles.
In other men's singles matches, Harsheel Dani, Siril Verma, Abhishek Yelegar and Kaushal Dharmamer ended on the losing side.
The men's doubles pair of K Nandagopal and Sanyam Shukla lost their first round match.
The 26-year-old Indian, who had claimed a silver medal in the last edition in Rio, prevailed over World No 34 Cheung 21-9, 21-16 in a 35-minute match to top the group. This was Sindhu's sixth win over Cheung in as many meetings.
Nandu Natekar's matches through the 1950s at the CCI and Bombay Gymkhana had salivating spectators queuing up for tickets overnight, with several having to be turned away because there was just no more space in the playing hall.
The 88-year-old, who won over 100 national and international titles in his career, was suffering from age-related ailments