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Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and in-form shuttler Lakshya Sen made impressive starts at the Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton tournament, reaching the second round with contrasting wins in Bali on Tuesday.

Ashwin Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also progressed to the second round while Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost a tough first-round fixture.

The highlight of the day was Lakshya’s stunning win over world no 10 Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama in the men’s singles. The 20-year-old from Almora, who had reached the semifinals at Hylo Open Super 500 and final of Dutch Open earlier on the European circuit, displayed tremendous grit on way to a shocking 21-17 18-21 21-17 win over Kanta in an hour and 8 minutes.

This was Lakshya’s second win against a top 10 player in the senior BWF circuit. He will now face top seed and two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan in the next round.

Reigning world champion Sindhu, seeded third, record a 21-15 21-19 win over Thailand’s Supanida Katethong in a 43-minute women’s singles match to set up a second-round clash with Spain’s Clara Azurmendi.

Sindhu didn’t have much trouble in outwitting Supanida in the opening game as she ran up a lead of 11-5 and kept her opponent at a distance…

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