BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth provide India with winning start

BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth provide India with winning start

While the men's singles trio got off to a strong start at the BWF World Championships, the pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha Ram also registered a women's doubles win.

Sai Praneeth began India’s campaign at BWF World Championships with a win. (File Photo)

On the opening day of BWF World Championships, India’s campaign was given a solid start by men’s singles trio of Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth as they all notched wins with valiant performances at Basel, Switzerland.

Srikanth, who has not won a title at the BWF World Tour in the last 22 months, staved off a spirited a challenge from Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen 17-21 21-16 21-6 in a match that lasted 66 minutes to join Praneeth and Prannoy in the second round. Srikanth, who is coming back after recovering from a knee problem, will face Israel’s Misha Zilberman.

Before the former World No. 1’s victory, Sai Praneeth started the proceedings for the day after getting off to a strong start to his World Championships 2019 campaign, taking home the first match after outclassing Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue in straight games of 21-17, 21-16 in 40 minutes.

The 2017 Singapore Open champion, Praneeth, struggled with control during the initial exchanges but took control of the match to go into the mid-game interval with a four-point lead. Sai used his experience to wrap up the opening game in 18 minutes.

The second game had a more confident start for the Indian shuttler but gave away points due to unforced errors. The 16th seed is likely to take on Lee Dong Keun of Korea next.


Then, HS Prannoy, who is on a comeback trial after recovering from a stomach problem, fought back to beat 93rd-ranked Eetu Heino of Finland by 17-21, 21-10, 21-11. The former World No. 8 will face China’s Lin Dan in the second round, whom he had defeated in 2018 Indonesia Open and 2015 French Open.

In another match, Meghana Jakkampudi-Poorvisha Ram win against Guatemala’s Diana and Nikete by 21-10, 21-18 in women’s doubles.

While PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will start their campaigns on Wednesday after receiving a bye in the opening round, Indian doubles pairs, including Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, will begin their campaign on Tuesday.