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Swiss Open 2021: Srikanth knocks out Verma in Round 1, Satwiksairaj-Ponappa also win

Kidambi Srikanth made a winning start to his Swiss Open 2021 campaign and so did the Indian doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Srikanth outclassed Verma 18-21 21-18 21-11 in a hard-fought men’s singles match
  • Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa won 21-18 21-10 vs Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Widjaja
  • Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy crashed out after losing to Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith

World No. 13 Kidambi Srikanth made a winning start to his campaign at the Swiss Open 2021 by beating compatriot Sameer Verma in a tough Round 1 match on Wednesday.

Srikanth outclassed Verma 18-21 21-18 21-11 in a hard-fought men’s singles match at the Super 300 tournament.

In the first game, Sameer played really well and took a 5-1 lead over Srikanth. Sameer maintained his lead throughout the game, winning the set 21-18.

Kidambi shifted gear after losing the first game and went on to win the next two games. While Sameer gave tough competition to Srikanth in the second game, the latter completely dominated the third game. The match lasted for 61 minutes.

Srikanth, who won this tournament back in 2015, will face the winner of the match between France’s Thomas Rouxel or Canada’s Xiaodong Sheng in Round 2.

There was also good news in store for Indian doubles fans as Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa registered an upset 21-18 21-10 win over the world no. 8 and second-seeded Indonesian pair of Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in the opening round.

Satwik and Ashwini, who reached the semifinals of the Toyota Thailand Open Super 1000 event in January, had earlier defeated the Indonesian combination at the Yonex Thailand Open in a thrilling three-game match in January.

However, Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy were ousted on Tuesday by third-seeded pair of Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith of England 21-18, 21-15 in 39 minutes.

Swiss Open is the first event of the extended Olympic qualification period which will end on June 15.

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