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World Champion PV Sindhu and HS Pranoy progressed to the second round of Hong Kong Open Badminton Tournament. However, Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma were ousted after suffering contrasting defeats in the opening round yesterday.

Sixth seed Sindhu, defeated world no 19 Kim Ga Eun of Korea 21-15, 21-16. The Olympic silver medallist will face Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan next.

HS Prannoy beat China's Huang Yu Xiang 21-17, 21-17 to play against sixth seed Indonesian Jonatan Christie in the next round.  

Eighth seed Saina, went down 13-21, 20-22 to China's Cai Yan Yan for the second successive time. World no.16 Sameer lost to Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei 11-21, 21-13, 8-21 in the opening match.
 
Saina and Sameer are both scheduled to play Gwangju Korea Masters Super 300 tournament next week.

Women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also couldn't cross the opening round, losing 13-21, 12-21 to Denmark's Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen.



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