Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap and emerging star HS Prannoy recorded straight-game wins to advance to the second round of the Canada Open Grand Prix with both mean registering straight games first round wins.
Making a comeback following injury, Kashyap, seeded 16th, defeated Peru’s Daniel La Torre Regal 21-11 21-9, while second seed Prannoy beat Mexico’s Job Castillo 21-13 21 -15 in another men’s singles match at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
Kashyap will battle Japan’s Koki Watanabe, while Prannoy will be facing off against Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees.
Elsewhere in the competition, Lakhanee Sarang escaped with a 21-9 17-21 21-7 win over local shuttler Eugene Chan, while Abhishek Yelegar prevailed against Vietnam’s Hoang Nam Nguyen 21-15 21-5 and Karan Rajan Rajarajan was able to outlast Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak 13-21 21-10 21-13.
Lakhanee will next face top seed Korean Lee Hyun Il, Karan will take on England’s Sam Parsons and Abhishek will lock horns against USA’s Howard Shu. It was a bad day for Harsheel Dani after he lost 11-21 7-21 to France’s Lucas Corvee, seeded 11th, crashing out of the tournament.