Basel (Switzerland), Aug 19 : Indian shuttlers Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy made a successful start after winning their respective matches in men's singles at BWF World Championships campaign here on Monday.
Sai Praneeth, world no 19, clinched a straight-game (21-17, 21-16) win over lower-ranked Canada shuttler Jason Anthony Ho-Shue to reach the second round. Praneeth just took 39 minutes to get his campaign off to a good start. In the first 1st game, Praneeth took 17-9 lead after winning 9 successive points. The second game followed a similar pattern but Praneeth held his nerves to avoid a deciding game as early as the first round.
Now, Praneeth will face the winner of the 1st-round match between South Korea's Lee Dong Keun and Australia's Daniel Fan in the second round on Tuesday. Meanwhile, HS Prannoy outclassed Finland's Eetu Heino 17-21, 21-10, 21-11 in his opening match to the 2nd round. Prannoy, will face Finland's Eetur Heino in a relatively easier 1st-round outing.
In women's doubles pair Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha Ram clinched a comfortable straight-game win over Guatemala pair of Diana Corleto and Nikte Alejandra to reach the second round in Basel.(UNI)