Top seeds Viktor Axelsen and Carolina Marin both advanced to the second round of the India Open in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Denmark’s Axelsen was given a solid examination by local player Ajay Jayaram, but managed to secure a 23-21, 21-17 victory in 38 minutes.
Both games were very tightly contested, with the lead changing hands on regular occasions, but Axelsen was able to win the points that mattered at the business end to secure the victory.
Next up for the Dane is another Indian shuttler, Kidambi Srikanth.
Other men to win their first-round matches on Wednesday included Tian Houowei, Chou Tien Chen Marc Zwiebler and Angus Ng Ka Long.
In the women’s draw, Marin dispatched unseeded South Korean Kim Hyo Min 21-17, 21-10 to book her place in the second round.
Kim won the first meeting between the two players back in 2012, but the Spaniard came out on top in their next clash and again on this occasion, wrapping up the convincing victory in just 37 minutes.
Marin moves on to face India’s Rituparna Das.
There were also wins for Japanese duo Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara, as well as P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, who will be carrying Indian hopes in this competition.