Top shuttles Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth wrote easy victories, but Kiran George stunned HS Prannoy in the second round of the Orleans Masters Super 100 tournament here on Wednesday.
Fourth-placed Saina, who is desperately looking for ranking points to reach her fourth Olympics, took just 21 minutes to crush Irish Rachel Dara 21-9 21-5 in a women’s singles match and face off. the Frenchwoman Marie Batomena, ranked 65th in the world.
The bronze medalist at the London Olympics withdrew from the opening round of the All-England Open last week after suffering a thigh injury.
India’s top driver Kidambi Shrikant, ranked No. 1, entered the third round with a 21-15 21-10 victory over compatriot Ajay Jayaram 21-15 21-10 in 25 minutes in the second round. He will then meet Malaysian Cheam June Wei, who ranks 79th in the world.
In the first round, Srikanth had received a farewell, while Ajay had defeated 19-21 23-21 21-16 over Indian Alap Mishra.
21-year-old Kieran, who shocked Dutch semi-finalist from all over England Mark Callou 13-21 21-18 22-20 in his first round match, brought another stunning victory, knocking out the former top 10 player Prannoy 13-21 21 -16 23 -21 in the 59-minute match.
The world number 112 Indian will face the Frenchman Brice Leverdes next Thursday.
Chirag Sen also reached the third round after beating Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo of Indonesia 21-13 21-12. He will face third seed Hans-Christian Solberg Wittinghouse of Denmark.
In the women’s singles, Ira Sharma, who was promoted in the main draw from the women’s singles qualifiers, sent Frenchwoman Leonis Huet 12-21 21-14 21-17 and will face Bulgarian Maria Mitsova.
Former British Community Games champion Parupali Kasyap bowed after losing 7-21 to 17-21 to Frenchman Thomas Jr. Popov, while Ditlev Jaeger Holm of Denmark ended India’s BM Rahul Barajai’s campaign with a 21-15 21-19 victory.
A mixed doubles pair from Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Siki Reddy defeated Austrian Dominic Stipsits and Serena Au Yong 21-7 21-18. The Indian duo will then meet Danes Niklas Nor and Amalie Magelund.
Ashvini Ponapa also combined with Dhruv Kapila to win more than the Bulgarian pair Ilian Stoynov and Hristomira Popovska 21-8 21-12. The Indian duo will face England’s Callum Heming and Victoria Williams on Thursday.
In other results, Mithun Manjunat defeated Frenchman Lucas Clayerbow 21-14 21-10, but Subhankar Day lost 17-21 13-21 to Dane Ditlev Jager Holm in Tuesday’s starting round.