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first_img Next All England Championships: Srikanth eases into Round 2, Ashwini-Sikki go down fightingAll England Badminton Championships 2019: Kidambi Srikanth strolled past Brice Leverdez into Round of 16 while Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy fell just short after a hard-fought women’s doubles first round match.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri BirminghamMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 00:37 IST All England Championships 2019: Kidambi Srikanth dominated Brice Leverdez in first round match. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKidambi Srikanth outclassed Brice Leverdez 21-13, 21-11Srikanth will face Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie in Round 2Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy lost 21-16, 26-28, 16-21 in Round 1Kidambi Srikanth stormed into the last 16 of All England Championships in Birmingham with a dominating win over France’s Brice Leverdez on Wednesday. Srikanth took just 30 minutes to dispatch Leverdez 21-13, 21-11 to make his way into the next round of the tournament.Srikanth displayed impeccable net skills and patience to make his way past Leverdez. It obviously helped that his French opponent was unable to handle the air in the arena and kept throwing the shuttles long and wide.Srikanth, who is essentially very good at fast courts, has a challenge in front of him in All England in the slow Birmingham arena. However, the Guntur lad showed the skills to play around well in the conditions at All England.In Round 2, Srikanth will take on Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie, who earlier beat South Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 21-16, [email protected] reaches Rd2 of #YonexAllEnglandPutting up an ace performance against @BriceLeverdez1, Srikanth wins the match with a 21-13; 21-11 scoreline and ensures a confident start to the #YAE19. Keep the momentum going. #IndiaontheRise #badminton Media (@BAI_Media) March 6, 2019Srikanth was never really troubled by Leverdez with the Indian dominating the French at the net and at the back court.The beginning of the first game was neck-and-neck as both the players were gauging the conditions but Srikanth went with a slight edge of 11-9 into the break.Srikanth, however, pulled ahead after the break while Leverdez was left searching for answers.With some wonderful all-court badminton, coupled with Leverdez’s errors, Srikanth brought up game points at 20-13.advertisementThe Indian needed just one chance as Leverdez hit the net and Srikanth pocketed the first game 21-13.The second game had a forthright start from the Indian as he ran off to a 7-0 lead over the French.Leverdez kept struggling with his length as Srikanth went into the break with a massive 11-4 lead.Leverdez let out a few shrieks to get himself up after winning a few, rare points but Srikanth was not to be moved.Srikanth eventually wrapped up the game 21-11 with absolute ease as he made a good leave to Leverdez’s long shot.ASHWINI-SIKKI GO DOWN FIGHTING Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy showed tremendous fight and skill against the world No.7 Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto but lost 21-16, 26-28, 16-21 in an hour and 17 minutes to bow out of All England Championships.Tanaka and Yonemoto were the clear favourites against the world No.25 Indian pair but Ashwini-Sikki showed their mettle against their Japanese opponents, who looked short of ideas and energy in the first game.Making the best of the situation, Ashwini-Sikki took the first game 21-16.The second game however turned out to be far more difficult as the Japanese pair started coming into their own.Ashwini-Sikki showed excellent fight to stave off game points multiple times but in the end lost 26-28 to take the match into the decider.The decider was a close affair again with both the pairs exchanging points and the rallies in the match were kept surprisingly shot.Towards the fag end of the decider, Tanaka and Yonemoto upped the ante and Ashwini-Sikki struggled to keep their composure and the shuttle in.Eventually, the Japanese wrapped up the match as Sikki’s shot hit the net.Results from earlier in the day:PV Sindhu lost 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 to Sung Ji HyunB Sai Praneeth beat HS Prannoy 21-19, 21-19Meghana Jakkampudi-S Ram Poorvisha lost 21-18, 12-21, 12-21 to Russia’s Ekaterina Bolotova-Alina DavletovaAlso Read | For me All England Badminton Championships is just another tournament: PV SindhuFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Ashwini PonnappaFollow N Sikki ReddyFollow PV SindhuFollow All England Championshipslast_img read more