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Malaysia Masters: Kidambi Srikanth, Sindhu through to second round; Ashmita, Aakarshi exit

Kidambi Srikanth and P V Sindhu entered the second round of the Malaysia Masters, a Super 500 badminton tournament, in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

Srikanth, easily cruised to win against Toma Junior Popov of France 21-12, 21-16 in the men’s singles event. On the other hand, Sindhu suffered setback against Denmark’s Line Christophersen in the second game before sealing the deal in the final game with a scoreline of 21-13, 17-21, 21-18.

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Ashmita Chaliha, who qualified for the finals on Tuesday, went down to world no. 10 Han Yue of China in straight games in the first round (21-17, 21-17). Aakarshi Kashyap, too, met with a similar fate, losing to world no. 1 and world champion Akane Yamaguchi in straight games (21-17, 21-12).

This event is a part of the Race to Paris – BWF Olympic Qualification.

Prannoy will look to amend his recent defeat to Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei when the duo meet in the first round. Lakshya Sen, meanwhile, will face Loh Kean Yew.

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