Free Press Journal

Indian shuttlers advance to last 16


Glasgow: Indian shuttlers made merry at the Commonwealth Games Wednesday as all of them won their respective matches in straight games to enter the last 16 at the Emirates Arena here.

P.V. Sindhu and P.C. Thulasi in women’s singles and R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap in men’s singles notched up wins in the Round of 32 while men’s doubles pair of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry also started with a victory.

Thulasi started the proceedings with a facile 21-10, 21-2 victory in 24 minutes over Northern Ireland’s Sinead Chambers. It was followed Sindhu’s 21-4, 21-6 win in 17 minutes over South African Sandra le Grange.

In the men’s matches, Gurusaidutt defeated Uganda’s Edwin Ekiring 21-13, 21-11 in half an hour, Srikanth overcame Welsh Daniel Font 21-8, 21-13 in 24 minutes and Kashyap won 21-9, 21-5 in 19 minutes against Barbadian Dakeil Thorpe.

Later, Dewalkar and Chopra beat Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Dullewa of Sri Lanka 21-10, 21-9 in 23 minutes.