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BWF World Championship: PV Sindhu breezes past Martina Repiska, Lakshya Sen toils

The Indian shuttler took just 24 minutes to beat her unseeded opponent
PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu
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PTI   |   Published 15.12.21, 01:38 AM

Defending champion PV Sindhu breezed past Slovakia’s Martina Repiska 21-7, 21-9 to make a resounding start in the BWF World Championship here on Tuesday.

Lakshya Sen prevailed over 15th-seeded Japanese Kenta Nishimoto 22-20, 15-21, 21-18 to progress to the pre-quarters. Sen was made to toil hard for his victory by the Japanese as he took one hour and 22 minutes to emerge winner.

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Kidambi Srikanth rallied to defeat Chinese Li Shi Feng 15-21, 21-18, 21-17, the 12th-seeded Indian’s match lasted one hour and nine minutes.

In the men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat Chinese Taipei’s Lee Jhe-Huei and Yang Po-Hsuan 27-25, 21-17.

World No. 7 Sindhu took just 24 minutes to beat the unseeded Repiska. Seeded sixth in the tournament which she won in 2019 — when it was last held — the two-time Olympic-medallist began on a rousing note and raced to a 4-1 lead with her fine play.

Repiska tried to make a comeback with two points, but Sindhu did not let her go ahead, leading 11-4 at the mid-break. She continued her dominance and kept accumulating points to widen the lead, eventually pocketing the first game in only 10 minutes. 



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