BWF World Championships: B Sai Praneeth suffers a loss; Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy, Tanisha Crasto-Ishaan Bhatnagar bag wins on Day 1

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Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth endured a loss in the opening contest. India bagged a couple of wins in the opening three games as wins in women’s and mixed doubles competition on the opening day of the BWF World Championships on Monday. Praneeth is a 2019 bronze medallist, who showed fighting spirit despite trailing 15-21 21-15 15-21 to world number 4 Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in little over an hour.

B Sai Praneeth suffers a loss in the opening contest

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It was yet another forgettable outing in Tokyo for Praneeth. It comes after his struggles at last year’s Olympic Games where he participated without a proper coach or physio. He  eventually bowed out early in the coveted tournament.

Meanwhile, the former Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy secured berths in the women’s doubles second round with a 21-7 21-9 win over Maldives’ Aminath Nabeeha Abdul Razzaq and Fathimath Nabaaha Abdul Razzaq.

Ashwini and Sikki will face the uphill task of outwitting top seeds Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan of China in the second round.

In mixed doubles, Tanisha Crasto and Ishaan Bhatnagar defeated German duo of Patrick Scheiel and Franziska Volkmann 21-13 21-13 in 29 minutes to also make a positive start to their campaign.

It has been noted that the Indian pair will meet 14th seeds Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran of Thailand next.

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