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PV Sindhu, the defending champion, defeated Martina Repiska of Slovakia 21-7, 21-9 on Tuesday to get the BWF World Championship off to a flying start.

PV Sindhu, the defending champion, defeated Martina Repiska of Slovakia 21-7, 21-9 on Tuesday to get the BWF World Championship off to a flying start.

Lakshya Sen, who is on the rise, advanced to the third round by defeating 15th seeded Japanese Kenta Nishimoto 22-20, 15-21, 21-18. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the men’s doubles match 27-25, 21-17 in 43 minutes against Lee Jhe-Huei and Yang Po-Hsuan of Chinese Taipei.

In just 24 minutes, Sindhu, the world number seven, defeated the unseeded at Palacio de Los Deportes Carolina Marn Stadium’s opponent court number three. The two-time Olympic medalist opened on a rollicking note, racing to a 4-1 lead with her strong performance in the competition she won in 2019—when it was last staged.

At halftime, Repiska attempted a comeback with two points, but the fancied Indian did not allow her to have the upper hand, leading 11-4 at halftime. She maintained her domination and continued to score points to extend her lead, finally winning the first game in less than 10 minutes.

The second game followed the same pattern, with Sindhu retaining her tight control of the proceedings to surge to a 6-0 lead in just two minutes. Sindhu led 11-1 at the halfway stage, and she finished the match with a strong effort.

The Japanese made Sen work hard for his triumph, as it took him one hour and 22 minutes to win. On the other hand, the mixed doubles team of Saurabh Sharma and Anoushka Parikh lost in straight games against Malaysians Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing, 21-8, 21-18.

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