Denmark Open: Kidambi Srikanth sails into quarters with win over Jason Anthony Ho-Shue; Lakshya Sen exits
Srikanth will now face world number two Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei, who beat Ireland's Nhat Nguyen 21-8 21-16.
The former world number one, who had claimed four superseries titles in 2017, beat Toby 21-12 21-18 in 37 minutes, as the sport finally got going after the long coronavirus-forced hiatus.
Lakshya, who had claimed five titles including two Super 100 tournaments last year, produced a clinical performance to outwit Popov 21-9 21-15 to reach the second round.
Sindhu, who won the World Championship gold medal last year, had pulled out of the Denmark Open and will now have to perform at the Asia legs to make it to the World Tour Finals.
The Badminton World Federation postponed the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals (3-11 Oct), three events in Asia (in November) to 2021 and also cancelled the Denmark Masters (20-25 Oct).
Lakshya will start against France's Christo Popov, who won the first medal for his country at the World Junior Championships last year.
Sindhu had earlier pulled out of the Thomas and Uber Cup Final but later decided to participate in it, although the event itself eventually got deferred due to the rising number of pullouts.
An Olympic hopeful, Sindhu, who has been training at the national badminton camp in Hyderabad, had been planning to participate in the prestigious tournament.
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Two-time Commonwealth Games champion Saina, who had lost in the first round in three successive events, will next take on Korea's An Se Young
Denmark Open: PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma and men's doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty exit in second round
Fifth seed Sindhu, the Olympic silver medallist, lost 14-21 17-21 to the Korean in a 40-minute clash at the BWF World Tour Super 750 event.
BWF Denmark Open 2019: PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth make impressive starts to reach second round; Parupalli Kashyap ousted
Fifth seed Sindhu, who had made early exits in China and Korea, got back her bearing as she overcame former World Junior Champion Gregoria 22-20 21-18 in 38 minutes to keep her 5-0 record intact against the Indonesian.
BWF Denmark Open 2019 preview: Chance for PV Sindhu to show that World Championship title was no flash in the pan
In two tournaments since that epochal triumph at the World Championships, PV Sindhu has failed dismally to replicate the storming form that allowed her to imperiously swwep to the title in Basel.
BWF Denmark Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal look to shrug off indifferent form; Kidambi Srikanth faces stern first-round test
After claiming the World title in August, Sindhu endured surprise first and second-round exits at the China Open and Korea Open last month, respectively.
Denmark Open: Saina Nehwal faces visa issues ahead of tournament, seeks help from Ministry of External Affairs
The 29-year-old Saina, an Olympic bronze medallist, had finished runner-up in the tournament last year, losing to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-Ying in the final.
Ace Indian shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa on Monday backed the country's #MeToo movement, saying it's important to stand by the women sharing their experiences.
Denmark Open: Saina Nehwal's impressive run comes to an end with yet another defeat to Tai Tzu Ying in quarter-final
Saina Nehwal's impressive run at the French Open ended with yet another loss to World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying, this time at the quarterfinals of the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament on Friday.
PV Sindhu disposed of unseeded Beiwen Zhang in just 34 minutes to avenge her loss at the hands of the same opponent in the opening round of the Denmark Open.
Denmark Open 2018: Saina Nehwal stamps her class with phenomenal run in Odense despite stumbling at final hurdle
When the dust settles, Saina can look back at her Denmark Open performance and her hard-fought wins against some of the best shuttlers on the circuit with pride.
Denmark Open 2018: Saina Nehwal's best efforts not good enough to knock Tai Tzu Ying off her perch as world's best
Taiwan's long-reigning World No 1, Tai Tzu Ying, provided a mind-numbing demonstration of her awesome talent when she withstood everything that an inspired Saina Nehwal threw at her to win the title
Denmark Open: Former champion Saina Nehwal goes down fighting against World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying in final
Saina Nehwal gave her all before losing steam as the ace Indian shuttler yet again succumbed to nemesis and World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying to settle for a runner-up finish at the Denmark Open on Sunday.