Runners-up at the Senior National Championship last week, Pranaav and Sikki prevailed 21-15 21-17 over Indonesian pair of Irfan Fadhilah and Weni Anggraini. They will next take on fourth seeded Chinese combo of Xu Chen and Ma Jin.
However, it turned out to be a disastrous day for the men's singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and Ajay Jayaram as all of them bowed out in the opening round, which will affect their World ranking and chances of qualifying for the Rio Olympics.
World No. 22 Prannoy, who had lost to the World No. 1 and top seed Chen Long in 2014 India Open, produced some quality badminton but his efforts were not enough against the two-time World and All England Champion, who won 21-18, 18-21, 19-21 in a hard-fought match that lasted an hour and 11 minutes.

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