Basel: Saina Nehwal defeated Netherlands' Soraya de Visch Eijbergen in the second round of World Badminton Championship, here on Tuesday.
The eighth-seeded Indian defeated her Dutch opponent quite easily 21-10, 21-11, to book her place in the pre-quarterfinals.
Kidambi Srikanth though did not have such an easy road. He came back from behind to beat Misha Zilberman of Israel 13-21, 21-12, 21-16.
Round of 16 appearances confirmed!💪
India's 🇮🇳 @NSaina and @srikidambi are through to the pre-quarters of #BadmintonWorldChampionship2019 after beating their respective opponents. Way to go, guys! #IndiaontheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/TkXz0EMp5j
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India's doubles campaign came to an end with Arjun M and Ramchandran Shlok's loss to the Chinese pair of Cheng Liu and Nan Zhang in the men's doubles in the second round. The Indian pair lost 14-21, 13-21.
Two-time national champions Manu Atri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Han Cheng Kai and Zhou Hao Dang 21-16, 21-19 in the second round.
Earlier, PV Sindhu outwitted Chinese Taipei's Pai Yu Po 21-14, 21-15 in a contest that lasted 43 minutes.
Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, in the women's doubles event, lost to the Chinese 7th seeded pair of Yue Du and Yin Hui Li 20-22, 16-21.
Meanwhile, the Indian duo of Jakkapudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram lost 8-21, 18-21 to Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto of Japan in the women's doubles competition.