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Kidambi Srikanth competes during the men's singles semifinal match against Kento Momota of Japan at the Malaysia Open 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 30. Srikanth Nov. 7 advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the China Open. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung/IANS)

FUZHOU — Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the China Open World Tour Super 750 tournament while H.S. Prannoy crashed out after a straight-game loss in the opening round here Nov. 7.

Fifth seed Srikanth brushed aside France's Lucas Corvee 21-12, 21-16 in a 35-minute affair. He will now face Indonesia'sTommy Sugiarto  in the next round.

In an another men's singles opening clash, Prannoy suffered a 11-21, 14-21 loss to Asian Games gold medalist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia.

Also, Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka suffered a 12-21, 16-21 loss against Thailand'd Pornpawee Chochuwong in a women's singles contest.

In the mixed doubles event, the Indian pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also lost 21-18, 19-21, 17-21 to seventh seeded Malaysian duo of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.

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