Olympic hopeful Praneeth squandered the first-game advantage, losing 21-15, 12-21, 12-21 to second
Meanwhile, four Indian male shuttlers, including Olympic hopeful B Sai Praneeth, advanced to the
Fifth seed PV Sindhu will kick off her campaign with a clash against Malaysia's Soniia Cheah.
The fifth seed Indian took 33 minutes to get the better of his Canadian opponent 21-15 21-14 in the
Kidambi Srikanth, a former world number one who had claimed four superseries titles in 2017, beat
Lakshya claimed 5 titles in the senior circuit last year, including two BWF World Tour Super 100
Former world number one Saina and Srikanth will resume their hunt for valuable ranking points to
In Uber Cup, India find itself in Group D with the other teams being China, Germany and France.
Lakshya was in sensational form in the senior circuit last year as he claimed as many as five
The 18-year old Indian, who won five titles last season, had defeated Hong Kong's Cheuk Yiu Lee
Saina was outplayed comprehensively losing straight games 11-21, 8-21 to Yamaguchi in a match that
Chief national coach P Gopichand was the last Indian to win the championship, in 2001.
India lost both their doubles matches and one singles contest while registering stunning wins in
India lost their opening two matches before winning the remaining three to secure at least bronze.
World Championship bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth, who was not fielded in the singles, teamed up
World number 12 men's doubles duo of Rankireddy and and Shetty fought hard before going down to
A momentous gold at the world championships more than made up for PV Sindhu's otherwise ordinary
Lakshya achieved the feat after pocketing the title at the Bangladesh International Challenge on