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Listen: Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth made a stellar start to their singles campaigns as they entered the pre-quarterfinals with straight-game wins over their respective rivals at the Korea Open Super 500 badminton tournament here on Wednesday.

Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist, defeated American Lauren Lam 21-15 21-14 while Srikanth defeated Malaysia’s No. 35 Darren Lew 22-20 21-11 at the Palma Stadium. Third seed Sindhu, who recently claimed the Swiss Open title, will now take on Japan’s Aya Ohori, while World Championships silver medalist fifth seed Srikanth will be up against Israel’s Misha Zilberman.

Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila also advanced to the second round. Satwik and Chirag got a 21-16, 21-15 win over Korea’s Tae Yang Shin and Wang Chan while Arjun and Dhruv got a walkover from Korea’s Ba Da Kim and Hee Young Park. Third seeds Satwik and Chirag will face Singapore’s Hee Yong Kai Terry and Loh Keen Heen, while Arjun and Dhruv will face the second seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.

Srikrishna Priya Kudaravalli, however, crashed out in the women’s singles match after losing 5-21, 13-21 to second seed Korean An Seong. Sindhu maintained a strong hold on her match, especially in the opening game, as she opened a 7-2 lead early and extended it to 16-9 before closing it comfortably. The second game was initially a see-saw battle, but Sindhu ensured a one point advantage at the interval and then went straight to Trump for six points.

In men’s singles, Srikanth came into the match after going 0-3 in the face-to-face count against Lew and the Indian struggled in the opening game, with the Malaysian giving a tough fight.

The Indian managed to lead 11-9 till the break but the Malaysian made it 18-15 at one point. Srikanth, however, exercised restraint and wiped out the deficit to get a match point. They lost one before the game was sealed. Srikanth did a much better job in the second game to take a 4-0 lead early on. Lew made his comeback 7-8, but the Indian again scored 8 straight points and was swept away by the Malaysian. On Tuesday, World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen and fast-rising Malvika Bansod entered the second round with three-game wins.

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