Former world no 1 Srikanth, who had claimed the Indonesia Open Super Series premier in 2017 at Jakarta, saw off world no 71 Christo 21-18 15-21 21-16 in his opening match that lasted an hour and 15 minutes.
𝗪𝗘𝗟𝗟 𝗗𝗢𝗡𝗘 💪@srikidambi cruised into the last 16 of #IndonesiaMasters2021 after he beat 🇫🇷’s Christo Popov 21-18,… https://t.co/rCKYQGPlJy
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The Indian, currently ranked 15th, is likely to face Indonesia’s sixth seed Jonatan Christie next.
In mixed doubles, the pairing of Dhruv Kapila and N Sikki Reddy notched up a stunning 21-11 22-20 win over second seeds and world no 5 Indonesian duo of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti to also advance to the second round.
𝗦𝗨𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗕 🤩💥XD pair @dhruvkapilaa / @sikkireddy defeated 2nd seeded, WR- 5 XD pair Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktav… https://t.co/pO8KbNqcK0
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However, it was curtains for former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap after he went down 10-21 19-21 to Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus.
Two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and Lakshya Sen had reached the second round on Tuesday.