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Indian Shuttlers lose in doubles at World Championships


The Indian pairs lost in the first round© AFP

Two Indian pairs suffered straight match defeats to advance from the BWF World Badminton Championship Huelva (Spain) to the first round on Monday. The Indian duo of Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan suffered a crushing 8-21 4-21 defeat against Denmark’s Mathias Thyrri and Mai Surrow, the mixed doubles first round match that lasted just under 21 minutes in total.

Then, in a men’s doubles match, India’s Arun George and Sanyam Shukla lost to Chinese duo Ou Xuan Yi and Zhang Nan 15-21 14-21. The winners took just 32 minutes to clinch the match in their favor and advance to the next round of the prestigious tournament.

MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila have to tackle the Danish pair Daniel Lundgaard and Mathias Thyrri in India’s second men’s doubles match of the day.

HS Prannoy will play Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus in a men’s singles match later that evening.

Kidambi Srikanth on Sunday defeated Pablo Abian of Spain to start his campaign on a winning note. The 12th seeded Indian beat the local challenger 21-12 21-16 in 36 minutes in the first round of the men’s singles event.

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However, the Indian men’s doubles pair Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost in the opening round 16-21 15-21 against Joel Elpe and Rasmus Kjaer from Denmark.

Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh’s women’s doubles pair retired after losing the first match 12-21 against Dutch duo Alyssa Tirtosentono and Imke van der Aar.

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