TOKYO: Nithya Sre and Krishna Nagar of India defeated Yasmina Eissa and Ivan Segura Escobar of Spain 21-8, 21-9 in a Group A mixed doubles SH6 match at the BWF Para Badminton World Championships today.
In her first Group B women’s singles SH6 match on Tuesday, 17-year-old Sre defeated Lam Ching Yung of Hong Kong 21-4, 21-4.
However, Paralympic champion and 2019 bronze medalist Nagar was pushed to his utmost by USA’s Miles Krajewski before coming back from a game down to win 17-21, 21-16, and 21-17 in his men’s singles SH6 Group D match.
Later, Nagar said that his opponent’s game had gotten a lot better in the past three months.
“Miles’ game has changed; he appears to be more forceful and has more diversity in his strokes. It’s encouraging to watch the competition heat up. “I believe I need to work harder now,” said Nagar.
Manisha Ramadas beat Cristina Sandhez De Lechina Tejada of Spain 21-10, 21-5 in her first SU5 match.
In other women’s matches, world number one and defending champion Manasi Joshi, Parul Parmar, and Mandeep Kaur also had a good start.
Five-time world champion and top seed Pramod Bhagat, Manoj Sarkar, Suhas Yathiraj, and Nitesh Kumar all enjoyed easy matches among the top names.
This week, 298 players will compete for honours in 22 events. On Sunday, the finals will be contested.