Kashyap, Satwik-Ashwini win at Hong Kong Open

In Badminton, former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap made a solid start to his campaign in the Hong Kong Open on Tuesday, beating Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Jen Hao in the qualifying round in Kowloon. Kashyap defeated Hao 21-7, 12-21, 21-18 in a match that lasted an hour and three minutes.

He will next face seventh-seeded Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the main draw tomorrow.

The mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa outwitted Chinese Taipei’s Wang Chi-Lin and Lee Chia Hsin 21-16, 19-21, 21-14 in the opening round of the main draw.

Rio Olympics Silver medallist P.V.Sindhu will spearhead the Indian challenge, taking on Nitchaon Jindapol of  Thailand tomorrow.

Other prominent Indian shuttlers to play their opening singles matches tomorrow are Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, H.S.Prannoy, B.Sai Praneeth, and Sameer Verma.

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