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Indian shuttlers give a promising start to Malaysia Masters Grand Prix

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Indian shuttlers including P V Sindhu and K Srikanth made a rousing start to the new season, reaching the second round of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold here today.

Sindhu, Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram, Subhankar Dey, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma outclassed their opponents in the opening round of their respective singles event, while pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa notched up a stunning win to make their way into the women’s doubles second round.

A little over two weeks after their stints at the Premier Badminton League, Indian shuttlers rushed to participate in the first Grand Prix Gold event of the season and it was a fruitful outing in the opening round.

Two-time World Championship bronze-medallist, Sindhu, seeded third, thrashed Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet 21-17 21-16 in a 33-minute battle, while 2014 China Open winner Srikanth brushed aside Malaysia’s Wei Feng Chong 21-17 21-11.

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