Orleans Masters: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth off to winning start; Kiran George stuns HS Prannoy

Fourth seeded Saina, who is desperately seeking ranking points to make it to her fourth Olympics, took just 21 minutes to beat Rachael 21-9 21-5 and set up a clash with France's Marie Batomene.

Press Trust of India March 24, 2021 19:49:27 IST
Orleans Masters: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth off to winning start; Kiran George stuns HS Prannoy

File image of Saina Nehwal. AFP

Paris: Top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth scripted easy wins but Kiran George stunned HS Prannoy in the second round of the Orleans Masters Super 100 tournament on Wednesday.

The fourth seeded Indian, who is desperately seeking ranking points to make it to her fourth Olympics, took just 21 minutes to beat Rachael 21-9 21-5 and set up a clash with France's Marie Batomene.

Saina had pulled out of the opening round of All England Open Championships last week after suffering a thigh injury.

Top Indian male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, seeded number one, entered the third round with a 21-15 21-10 win over compatriot Ajay Jayaram 21-15 21-10 in 25 minutes.

In the first round, Srikanth had received a bye, while Ajay had prevailed 19-21 23-21 21-16 over fellow Indian Alap Mishra.

Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, meanwhile, bowed out after losing 7-21 17-21 to France's Toma Junior Popov, while Ditlev Jaeger Holm of Denmark ended India's BM Rahul Bharadwaj's campaign with a 21-15 21-19 win.

The 21-year-old Kiran, who had shocked Netherland's All England semi-finalist Mark Caljouw 13-21, 21-18, 22-20 in his first round match, produced yet another stunning win as he knocked out former top 10 player Prannoy 13-21 21-16 23-21 in a 59-minute match.

Mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy beat Austria's Dominik Stipsits and Serena Au Yeong 21-7 21-18. The Indian duo will meet Denmark's Niclas Nohr and Amalie Magelund next.

Ira Sharma, who was promoted to the main draw from the women's singles qualification, saw off France's Leonice Huet 12-21 21-14 21-17 and will square off against Bulgaria's Mariya Mitsova.

On Tuesday, India's Kiran George had stunned Netherland's Mark Caljouw, who had reached the semi-finals of All England Championships last week, 13-21 21-18 22-20 in a thrilling opening round match.

Mithun Manjunath beat France's Lucas Claerbout 21-14 21-10 but Subhankar Dey lost 17-21 13-21 to Denmark's Ditlev Jaeger Holm in the opening round.

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