India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Maneesha.K defeated their respective opponents to advance at the World Championships here on Monday.
It was a cake walk for the eighth seed Srikanth as the Guntur player outplayed Russia’s Sergey Sirant in straight games 21-13, 21-12 in just 29 minutes. He will now face Lucas Corvee of France in the second round.
In the other match, Satwik and Maneesha defeated Tam Chun Hei and Tsz Yau of Hong Kong 24-22, 21-17 to advance to the second round. They will now take on Mathias Christiansen and Sara Thygesen of Denmark.
Meanwhile South Korean top seed Son Wan Ho also progressed into the second round with a hard fought 21-1, 21-16 victory against Finland’s Kalle Koljen.
Ho struggled early in the first game trailing 3-5 and 5-7 but eventually went on to clinch the game 21-14. In the second set Koljonen once again came haunting at the world number 1 and tied him to a 16 all before losing it 21-16. The two shuttlers battled for 44 minutes before Wan Ho came out victorious.
Elsewhere on the court Chinese shuttler Lin Dan had an easy outing against Scottish No 1 Kieran Merrilees as he outclassed him 21-15, 21-10 to advance into the second round of the tournament.
“He was a strong opponent, and played very well, but I’ll have to play much better later in the week”, the Chinese said after the victory.
(With inputs from IANS)