BWF World Championships 2019: Sai Praneeth off to winning start in Basel

BWF World Championships 2019: Sai Praneeth off to winning start in Basel

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sai Praneeth reached the 2nd round at BWF World Championships
  • HS Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma in action later on Monday
  • PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal handed 1st-round byes at the World Championships

Indian shuttlers made a successful start to their BWF World Championships campaign in Basel, Switzerland on Monday.

Sai Praneeth, world no. 19, clinched a straight-game (21-17, 21-16) win over lower-ranked Canada shuttler Jason Anthony Ho-Shue to reach the second round at the prestigious world tourney. Praneeth, who was recently nominated for Arjuna Award, needed just 39 minutes to get his campaign off to a good start.

Sai Praneeth began the 1st game on a good note, winning 9 successive points to take a 17-9 lead. However, he led Jason Anthony to stitch 8 successive points before fending off a late comeback from his opponent. The second game followed a similar pattern but Praneeth held his nerves to avoid a deciding game as early as the first round.

Sai Praneeth, former Singapore Open champion, has been in decent form in the lead up to the World Championships. With his male compatriots in HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth failing to make an impact on the tour, Praneeth reached the semi-final of Japan Open Super 750 and quarter-finals at Thailand Open Super 500 tournament in July.

Sai Praneeth will face the winner of the 1st-round match between South Korea's Lee Dong Keun and Australia's Daniel Fan in the second round on Tuesday.

Meghana-Ram pair reaches 2nd round in Basel

Meanwhile, women's doubles pair Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha Ram clinched a comfortable straight-game win over Guatemala pair of Diana Corleto and Nikte Alejandra to reach the second round in Basel.

Later in the day, HS Prannoy, who was miffed at having missed out on Arjuna Award nomination, will face Finland's Eetur Heino in a relatively easier 1st-round outing. India's top-ranked men's singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, seeeded 7th, will open his campaign against Ireland's Nhat Nguyen.

10th seed Sameer Verma will take on Indonesia's Loh Kean Yew in the 1st round on Monday.

Top-ranked women's singles shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have been handed first-round byes at the ongoing World Championships.