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All England Championship: Sindh win, unseeded Nguyen ousts Srikanth in first round

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World champion PV Sindhu made a great start in the All England Badminton Championships as Kedambe Srikanth lost the first round to 20-year-old Nhat Nguyen on Wednesday.

The Indian women’s duo Ashwini Punaba, N Sekke Reddy and the men’s pair of Satwiksiraj Rankiriddi and Chirag Shetty also qualified for the second round with a back-to-back win in the match.

Olympic silver medalist Sendo gave a good account of herself as she covered the court so well and delivered a disciplined performance to beat world number 32 Malaysia Sonia Cheh 21-11, 21-17 in 38 minutes.

The fifth Indian seed will face the Danish Kristofferson streak next.

Irish Real Nguyen started to grab the first half with a score of 21-10 on a positive note. Srikanth came back strong by winning second at 21-15 but the youngster finally laughed by closing the standoff at 21-12.

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Parupali Kashyap lost his first-round match to world number one Kento Momota. He defeated the Indian in straight matches 21-13, 22-20.

Kedambi Srikanth lost the first round of the All England Open to 20-year-old Nhat Nguyen on Wednesday. – AP

Earlier today, the Indian badminton squad was allowed to participate in the tournament after players, who initially tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, came back negative in tests by the World Badminton Federation.

Three Indian passengers and a support team tested positive on Tuesday while a few were waiting for confirmation.

(With input from PTI)

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