Sports Wrap: Sindhu, Srikanth level up, Serena suffers worst defeat and other stories

Kidambi Srikanth
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Sneha Kanchan and Tanya Khandelwal

Sindhu, Srikanth surge

India’s PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth entered the next round of the Badminton World Championship in Nanjing after defeating Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani and Spain’s Pablo Abian respectively. Srikanth, who recovered from his slump after clinching four titles last year, will face Malaysia’s Liew Daren in the third round. HS Prannoy exited the tournament after losing to Brazil’s Ygor Coelho.

Serena stumbles

In what can be termed as her career’s most lopsided loss, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams suffered her worst defeat at the hands of Britain’s Johanna Konta in her opening match of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose. Williams lost 12 games in a game that lasted less than an hour and fell 6-1 6-0, leaving the 3,000 strong crowd at the San Jose State University stunned.

Meanwhile in football

It was a good day for Man United’s Jose Mourinho as his trip to the United States ended with a 2-1 win over his former club Real Madrid, in the International Champions Cup football tournament. The first-half strikes by Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera helped Man United establish a two goal lead. Just before the interval, Karim Benzema “managed to tap in a Theo Hernandez cross”, giving Madrid fans something to cheer.

While in another match at Arlington, three goals in the second half helped AS Roma beat Barcelona 4-2. Diego Perotti sealed the match for Roma by scoring a penalty in the 86th minute.

Iraq bows out

Ahead of the Asian Games in Jakarta this month, Iraq has withdrawn from the football tournament potentially throwing the competition into turmoil less than two weeks before the kickoff. The Iraq Olympic Committee has pulled the team from the event; the decision will leave officials needing to address an imbalance in the opening phase of the tournament.