BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth beats Pablo Abian in first round
India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth beat Pablo Abian of Spain in the first round of men’s singles at the BWF World Championships here on Sunday.
The 12th-seeded Indian defeated the local challenger 21-12, 21-16 in 36 minutes.
The Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, however, lost in straight games to Joel Elpe and Rasmus Kjaer of Denmark in the opening round. Attri and Sumeeth lost 16-21 15-21 in 32 minutes to make an exit from the showpiece event.
Earlier in the day, the women’s doubles pair of Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh retired after they lost the first game 12-21 to the Dutch duo of Alyssa Tirtosentono and Imke van der Aar.
Reigning champion PV Sindhu has got a bye in the first round.