Reigning national champion HS Prannoy was stunned in three games by Ygor Coelho of Brazil in the second round of the ongoing BWF World Championships in Nanjing on Tuesday, August 1.
Prannoy, ranked and seeded 11, took the first game comfortably but was unable to cope up with a strong comeback from the 39th-ranked Brazilian.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medalist eventually lost the tie 21-8, 16-21, 15-21 in 55 minutes, contributing to one of the biggest upsets on the third day of the world meet.
Prannoy was struggling to hit peak form following his return from an ankle injury. He had been out of action for nearly two months after he suffered the injury at Badminton Asia Championships in April.
Kidambi Srikanth entered the third round of the men's singles category following a hard-fought win over Pablo Abian of Spain. The fifth-seeded Indian needed more than an hour to clinch a 21-15, 12-21, 21-14 victory over his unseeded opponent.
Srikanth will face another unseeded opponent in American Daren Liew in the next round.
Former Singapore Open champion Sai Praneeth had no troubles in overcoming lower-ranked Luis Penalver in straight games and enter the third round.
Sameer, top doubles pairs ousted
Sameer Verma bowed out of the competition after losing in straight games to five-time champion Lin Dan.
The young Indian shuttler pushed Lin in the first game but wasn't able to top the Chinese great at crucial moments.
India's promising doubles pair Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty's run in the men's doubles came to an end earlier today when they lost in three games to eighth seeds Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen of Denmark.
The India duo fought hard and forced a decider but was undone in the third game by the calm and composed Danish pair.
The experienced duo of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy went down against seventh seeds Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko of Japan after coming with a valiant effort.
Women's doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy were blown away by second seeds Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota.
India at World Championships: Results from August 1 matches
- Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy lost to Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko: 24-22, 13-21, 16-21
- Sai Praneeth defeats Luis Penalver: 21-18, 21-11
- HS Prannoy loses to Ygor Coelho: 21-8, 16-21, 15-21
- Ashwini Ponnappa/Sikki Reddy lose to Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota: 14-21, 15-21
- Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty lose to Kim Astrup/Anders Rasmussen: 18-21, 21-15, 16-21
- Kidambi Srikanth defeats Pablo Abian: 21-15, 12-21, 21-14
- Sameer Verma loses to Lin Dan: 21-17, 21-14
- PV Sindhu beats Fitriani Fitriani: 21-14, 21-9