JAKARTA, Aug 10: Top Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy got off to winning starts at the World Championships with straight game victories in men�s singles at the 9,000-seater Istora Senayan here on Monday.
However, it was the end of the road for two Indian pairs � Arun Vishnu/Aparna Balan and Tarun Kona/N. Sikki Reddy � who lost their respective openers.
Tenth seed Kashyap took just 31 minutes to move past Dutchman Erik Meijs 21-17, 21-10. With the win the reigning Commonwealth Games champion extended his winning streak over Meijs to 2-0.
Later, 11th seed Prannoy also had an easy win, coming out on top 21-12, 21-16 over Brazil�s Alex Yuwan Tjong in 31 minutes. This was World No.12 Prannoy�s first match against the World No.109 Brazilian. The Kerala shuttler will next meet Edwin Ekiring of Uganda.
In mixed doubles action, Russian Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova had a tough mixed doubles match but eventually defeated the Indian pair of Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan. The Russians won 21-18, 10-21, 24-22 in 49 minutes.
Tarun Kona and N. Sikki Reddy also lost their first round match, going down 13-21, 17-21 to Chinese Taipei�s Liao Min Chun and Chen Hsiao Huan in 28 minutes. � IANS