At the Denmark Open, Kidambi Srikanth was eliminated, however PV Sindhu and Aakarshi Kashyap made it to the second round of the women’s singles competition.
The Denmark Open Super 750 badminton tournament in Odense, Denmark, on Tuesday saw Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Aakarshi Kashyap advance to the second round of the women’s singles competition, but Kidambi Srikanth’s run in the men’s event was over.
In the 56-minute first round encounter, two-time Olympic winner Sindhu battled to defeat world number 28 Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-14 18-21 21-10, while 38-ranked Aakarshi overcame German world number 26 Li Yvonne 10-21 22-20 21-12 in another match.
In the following round, Sindhu, who advanced to the Arctic Open quarterfinals the previous week, will take against a formidable foe in Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia, who is ranked eighth. Although Sindhu has an overall 8-2 head-to-head record against her, the Indonesian has beaten her twice in their past three matches this year.
When Aakarshi faces left-handed Thai Supanida Katethong next, she will likewise have her work cut out for her. The Indian was upset by the world number 19 Thai in their lone encounter at the Singapore Open this year.
The silver medallist for the 2021 World Championships, Srikanth, had a bad day as he lost the men’s singles opening round to China’s Weng Hong Yang, ranked number 22, 21-19, 10-21, 16-21.
The recent gold medal winners of the Asian Games, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, withdrew from the competition, but Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi of Malaysia proceeded to the second round.