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The second seeded Indian, who is one of the strong favorites to win the championships in the +40 age category, underlined his supremacy with a convincing 21-6, 21-4 win over the Sri Lankan in just 16 minutes. Also Read - Year Ender 2020 News: From MS Dhoni's 1929 Bomb to Maria Sharapova's Heartfelt Goodbye Speech - Top-10 Sporting Retirements in 2020

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Former Olympian Nikhil Kanetkar also made a great start to the tournament by progressing into the next round of the men s singles +35 category with a straight games victory over Konstantin Myakeshiv 21-5, 23-21 in 24 minutes.

Kanetkar, who won the Indian Masters (Veterans) National Badminton Championships 2017, will take on Oliver Colin of Switzerland.

In the +45 category, Jaison Xavier advanced to the next round after Pankaj Bhart retired mid-way through his match. He will make Sebastian Grad of France in next round.

CM Shasidhar got past Vegar Naess 21-5, 21-4 of Norway to qualify for the round of 16 in the men’s singles +40 age category. He will take on number one seeded Lars Klintrup of Denmark.

In women s singles competition, Swati Chauhan won her first round robin match in group C against Karine Barbot of France in the +35 age category.

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