India has taken the lead in badminton domain on international level, credits to star badminton players like Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and P V Sindhu. At the BWF World Championship 2018 has started in China, top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth won the titles with a breeze, turning out imposing on their opponents.
After receiving a turnoff in the first round, Saina secured an easy victory over Turkey’s Aliye Demirbag by defeating her 21-17 21-8 in the second round which will now set up her pre-quarterfinal clash with 2013 champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. It is remarkable that the Olympic medalist Indian had won a silver and bronze in the earlier editions of the championship and now quite obviously would be aiming a higher consideration as compared to her earlier achievements.
In another match, fifth seed Srikanth defeated Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen 21-15 21-16 in his campaign opener to join compatriots HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma and B Sai Praneeth, who received a walkover after his opponent, Korea’s Son Wan Ho, pulled out in the second round. Srikanth had earlier won four titles in the last season and will now face Spain’s Pablo Abian next, while Praneeth will meet another Spaniard – Luis Enrique Penalver.
“It was a good first outing for me. My body feels good and that is all that matters to me, not thinking about anything else. The conditions are different. There is lot of drift here. So I took time to adjust to the conditions,” Srikanth said after the match. He added that “I will be better tomorrow when I play Pablo. It will be a tough match, so will give my best.” After such a fine opening round, all Indian badminton fans are eagerly awaiting for a finer performance and finest results for both top seeded Indian players in the tournament.