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Denmark Open: Good start by Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma

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Kidambi Srikanth won his first match at the Denmark Open with a straight sets victory.© AFP

Former champion Kidambi Srikanth and fellow Indian shuttler Sameer Verma began their men’s singles campaign with victories at the $850,000 Denmark Open Super 1000 tournament on Tuesday. Srikanth, who claimed the title in 2017, defeated compatriot B Sai Praneeth 21-14, 21-11 in 30 minutes, while 28th-ranked Sameer defeated world No. 21 Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand 21-17, 21. defeated by -14. 42 minute fight. World number 14 Srikanth is likely to face world number one and top seed Japanese Kento Momota in the second round, while Sameer will face third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark in the next round.

In men’s doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy crashed out of the competition in the first round after losing 18-21, 11-21 to Phi and Noor Izzuddeen of Malaysia’s Goh.

Double Olympic medalist and reigning world champion PV Sindhu will begin her campaign later in the day.

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