On Wednesday, Ace Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal started their All England Championships campaign with comfortable straight-game victories over their competitors in the women’s singles in Birmingham. Sixth seed Sindhu defeated Zhi Yi Wang of China 21-18 21-13 in her first-round competition that stayed 42 minutes while Saina beat Beatriz Corrales of Spain 21-17 21-19 in 38 minutes.
The world number 7 Sindhu will complete the victor of the first-round competition between Sayaka Takahashi of Japan and Supanida Katethong of Thailand in the second round.
Saina, who had got the final here in 2015, will meet the victor of the first-round competition between second seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and Kristin Kuuba of Estonia in the second match.
If Sindhu and Saina succeed in their respective second-round competitions, they will face each other in the quarterfinals. In men’s singles, B Sai Praneeth mislaid to top seed and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen 20-22 11-21 in the first round match that lasted 48 minutes.
H S Prannoy went down opposing to last week’s German Open victor Thai player Kunlavut Vitidsarn 15-21 22-24 in 56 minutes while Sameer Verma also failed to Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands 18-21 11-21 in a 41-minute opening match.
In men’s doubles, fifth-seeded Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated the Scottish team of Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall 21-17 21-19 in 38 minutes.
But M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila lost 21-15 12-21 18-21 to second seed Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
The other Indian men’s doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala also mourned beating at the hands of the German team of Mark Lamfuss and Marvin Seidel 16-21 19-21 in just 37 minutes.
In women’s doubles, Treesa Jolly and Pullela Gayatri Gopichand made it to the second round with a 17-21 22-20 21-14 win over the Thailand team of Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard in one hour and seven minutes.