TOP INDIAN SHUTTLER PV Sindhu and K Srikanth, and fast-rising Sameer Verma reached the second round of the USD 200,000 Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament today. In women's singles, world no. 14 Sindhu defeated Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri 21-19 21-19 to set up a clash with third seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.
World No.3 Srikanth defeated Chinese Taipei's Tzu Wei Wang 21-17 21-15 in a 34-minute battle in men's singles competition. The third seeded Indian will next take on Indonesian Ihsan Maulana Mustofa.
Sameer also crossed the first hurdle with a hard-fought 20-22 21-13 21-13 win over Chinese Taipei's Kuo Po Cheng. He will meet world no. 1 Chen Long of China next.
However, it was the end of the road for Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt as he lost 21-23 17-21 to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia.