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Pranaav-Sikki lose in Syed Modi tournament:Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap win; Pranaav-Sikki lose in Syed Modi tournament

  • 21 Nov 2018 18:56:22

Defending champions Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy crashed out in the mixed doubles opening round but Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap notched up easy wins to make a positive start at the Syed Modi World Tour Super 300 in Lucknow on Wednesday.

Top seeds Pranaav and Sikki lost 14-21, 11-21 to China’s Ren Xiangyu and Zhou Chaomin in just 31 minutes.

Second seeded Saina, who had won the Lucknow tournament thrice in the past, thrashed Mauritius’ Kate Foo Kune 21-10 21-10 in the women’s singles, while former Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap disposed of Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-14 21-12 in a one-sided men’s singles match.

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina will face compatriot Amolika Singh Sisodiya next, while Kashyap will meet Indonesia’s Firman Abdul Kholik.