PV Sindhu, Aakarshi Kashyap Enter Denmark Open Second Round; Kidambi Srikanth eliminated

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Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Aakarshi Kashyap advanced to the women’s singles second round, but it was curtains for Kidambi Srikanth in the men’s event at the Denmark Open Super 750 badminton tournament in Odense on Tuesday.

While two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu battled past world number 28 Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-14 18-21 21-10 in a 56-minute opening round match, Aakarshi, ranked 38th, rallied her way to beat the German’s world number 26, Li Yvonne. 10-21 22-20 21-12 in another match.

Sindhu, who had reached the semi-finals of the Arctic Open last week, will face a tough opponent in Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung, the seventh seed, in the next round. The Indonesian has defeated her twice in the last three meetings this year, although Sindhu has an overall 8-2 head-to-head record.

Aakarshi will also have her task removed as she will next fight left-handed Thai Supanida Katethong. The Thai world number 19 had defeated the Indian in their only meeting at the Singapore Open this year.

For 2021 World Championship silver medalist Srikanth, it turned out to be a disappointing day as his gallant fight ended in a 21-19 10-21 16-21 loss to China’s world number 22 Weng Hong Yang in the men’s singles opening round.

Newly crowned Asian Games gold medalists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty pulled out of the tournament and their opponents Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi of Malaysia progressed to the second round.

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