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World Badminton Championships 2018 LIVE updates: PV Sindhu beats Fitriani Fitriani to enter last-16; HS Prannoy bows out

World Badminton Championships 2018 LIVE updates: PV Sindhu beats Fitriani Fitriani to enter last-16; HS Prannoy bows out: Indian shuttlers enjoyed a comfortable outing on the opening day of the Badminton World Championship on Monday with HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma sailing into the second round of the men’s singles while the doubles shuttlers also marched to the next round with ease.

Prannoy, seeded 11th in the tournament, hardly broke into a sweat in cruising past unseeded New Zealander Abhinav Manota in straight games 21-12, 21-11 in a match that lasted 28 minutes. He will next take on Brazilian Ygor Coelho in the second round.

World Badminton Championships 2018 LIVE update

  • 18:22 (IST)

    And that brings us to the end of day 3 at the World Badminton Championships in Nanjing.

    India’s Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu booked a place in the last-16, while HS Prannoy was stunned by World No 39 Ygor Coelho of Brazil. Lin Dan, Chen Long, Axlesen, Nozomi Okuhara, Akane Yamaguchi were among the top performers of the day.

    We hope you liked our coverage. See you tomorrow.

  • 18:22 (IST)

    And that brings us to the end of day 3 at the World Badminton Championships in Nanjing.

    India’s Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu booked a place in the last-16, while HS Prannoy was stunned by World No 39 Ygor Coelho of Brazil. Lin Dan, Chen Long, Axlesen, Nozomi Okuhara, Akane Yamaguchi were among the top performers of the day.

    We hope you liked our coverage. See you tomorrow.

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Lin Dan beats Sameer Verma: 21-17, 21-14
    A convincing victory for the five-time champion in front of the home fans. The Nanjing Arena enjoyed every move and Lin entertained them with a straight-games win over Verma.

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Lin Dan beats Sameer Verma: 21-17, 21-14
    A convincing victory for the five-time champion in front of the home fans. The Nanjing Arena enjoyed every move and Lin entertained them with a straight-games win over Verma.

  • 18:13 (IST)

    19-13! Verma has failed to make the most of his chances at the net. Too defensive against an overall package like Lin Dan.

  • 18:13 (IST)

    19-13! Verma has failed to make the most of his chances at the net. Too defensive against an overall package like Lin Dan.

  • 18:09 (IST)

    16-10! Lin Dan extends his lead over Verma with a barrage of attacking shots from the mid-court. It’s now or never for Verma.

  • 18:09 (IST)

    16-10! Lin Dan extends his lead over Verma with a barrage of attacking shots from the mid-court. It’s now or never for Verma.

  • 18:02 (IST)

    14-6! The crowd loves Lin Dan, and rightly so. The Chinese ace is effortlessly dictating the rallies and putting pressure on Verma.

  • 18:02 (IST)

    14-6! The crowd loves Lin Dan, and rightly so. The Chinese ace is effortlessly dictating the rallies and putting pressure on Verma.

  • 11:12 (IST)

    Brilliant victory for the Indian mixed double pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy.

    From being one game down, they fought back to win the match 10-21, 21-17, 21-18  in 52 minutes

  • 10:59 (IST)

    Japan’s Kenta Momota hardly breaks a sweat in his 21-13, 21-12 win over Ukrainian Artem Pochtarov 

  • 10:50 (IST)

    What an impressive comeback by the Indian duo Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. After dropping the first game 10-21, the vibrant Indian pair fought back to win the second game 21-17 to enforce the decider in the match against 15th seeded Germans Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich

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    10:22 (IST)

    Things are not looking on Court 4 as the Kuhoo/Rohan are one game down and are trailing 5-11 in the second in their match against the Adcocks

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    10:13 (IST)

    The mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have taken to the court (No 2 court) for their match against Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich

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    10:06 (IST)

    Another Indian doubles pair in action on Court 4. The Russia Open 2018 runners-up Kuhoo Garg and Rohan Kapoor are up against the formidable pairing of Chris and Gabby Adcock

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    09:57 (IST)

    Court No 4 is clearly not lucky for Indians as yet another men’s doubles pair bites the dust. India’sShlok Ramchandran and Arjun MR lost 14-21, 15-21 to Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi of Malaysia

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    09:53 (IST)

    What a comeback from Ratchanok Intanon. The former World Champion fought back from one game down and trailing 16-19 in the second to beat Mia Blichfeldt 16-21, 22-20, 21-10

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    09:22 (IST)

    The Tarun/Saurabh match is followed by another men’s doubles clash between Arjun MR/Shlok Ramchandran and Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi

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    09:15 (IST)

    Tough luck for the Indian men’s doubles pair of Tarun Kona and Saurabh Sharma. They go down fighting 20-22, 21-18, 17-21 in a 51-minute encounter against Hong Kong’s Or Chin Chung and Tang Chun Man

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    09:13 (IST)

    Meanwhile, on Court 1, the former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon digs her heels deep to push the match into a decider. Intanon fought back from 16-19 to clinch the 2nd game 22-20!

  • 09:10 (IST)

    Kidambi Srikanth beats Nhat Nguyen 21-15, 21-16 in 37 minutes to advance into the next round

     

  • 09:03 (IST)

    17-10! And once again, Kidambi Srikanth shows why he is such a powerhouse as he puts his foot on the pedal to race to a seven-point lead

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    08:56 (IST)

    Meanwhile, on Court 4, the Indian pair of Tarun and Saurabh have enforced a decider in their men’s doubles encounter with Hong Kong’s Chin Chung/Chun Man.

    Tarun/Saurabh won the game 21-18

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    08:52 (IST)

    4-4! A similar trend from the opening game follows in this game too. Srikanth opens up a lead and Nguyen manages to level the scores once again

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    08:48 (IST)

    How good has Kidambi Srikanth been in that opening game? He clinches the game 21-15! after winning seven successive points 

  • 08:44 (IST)

    Nhat Nguyen has levelled the scores at 13-13

     

Among others, top seed and defending champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark enjoyed a comfortable 21-8, 21-7 win over Portugal’s Duarte Anjo, while third seed and reigning All England Champion Shi Yuqi of China beat Adam Mendrek of the Czech Republic 21-13, 21-11 to proceed to the second round.

With inputs from IANS