Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu on Wednesday won her first-round match at the Madrid Spain Masters Badminton tournament and entered the second round.
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Two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu has defeated Switzerland’s Jenjira Stadelmann 21-10 21-4 in a match that lasted 31 minutes. This was PV Sindhu’s second win over Jenjira Stadelmann this month. She has beaten the European shuttler at the Swiss Open 2023 recently.
On the other hand, the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty pulled out of the Madrid Spain Masters Badminton tournament after Satwik injured his knee.. After winning the historic Swiss Open title, the Indian pair retired just seven minutes into their match . The match was against the Japanese duo of Ayato Endo and Yuta Takei.
“I just came back from an injury so I wasn’t 100 percent fit for the match so I didn’t want to push it. We had a good last week and we played good matches at the All England Open so we didn’t want to push ourselves too much as we have more important tournaments coming up.” Satwiksairaj Rankireddy said.
At the same time, Kidambi Srikanth defeated Sitthikom Thammasin 21-11, 25-27, 23-21 in a hard-fought opener. Meanwhile, Aakarshi Kashyap upset Michelle Li of Canada 12-21 21-15 21-18 in her Madrid Spain Masters Badminton first-round match. The women’s doubles pair of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly, however, suffered a first-round defeat against Japan’s Rena Miyaura and Ayako Sakuramoto.
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In another men’s singles match, B Sai Praneeth overcame the challenge from the 57th-ranked Jan Louda of the Czech Republic. The Indian badminton player won an hour-long duel by a 21-16, 18-21, 21-12 scoreline. Malvika Bansod also progressed to the second round of women’s singles. While Priyanshu Rajawat and Kiran George also crossed the first-round hurdle in men’s singles of Madrid Spain Masters Badminton.