Basel: Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and Anand Pawar won their respective men’s singles openers at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold here.
Third seed Kashyap took only 34 minutes to beat Dutch challenger Erik Meijs 21-17, 21-15 in their first encounter while Mumbai’s Pawar clinched the win by defeating Malaysia’s Kok Pong Loke 21-17, 21-10 in 26 minutes at the St. Jakobshalle Tuesday.
However, rising shuttler Kidambi Srikanth suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of Swedish Henri Hurskainen. The World No.42 Swede upset the fifth seeded Indian 19-21, 21-18, 21-17 in 53 minutes in their first ever match.
World No.35 Pawar will face German Tobias Wadenka in the second round while World No.18 Kashyap will take on another German Lukas Schmidt.