NEW DELHI, Aug. 23 -- Saina Nehwal was hardly troubled by her opponent, progressing to the third round of women's singles at the World Championships in Basel on Tuesday. Kidambi Srikanth too advanced to the pre-quarterfinals but struggled against a lowly-ranked Misha Zilberman of Israel before prevailing in three games.

However, India's doubles campaign ended with the exit of men's doubles pair MR Arjun and Shlok Ramchandran.

Eighth seed Saina had an easy outing. Following a first-round bye, she needed 33 minutes to dispose Dutch world No 72 Soraya De Visch Eijbergen 21-10, 21-11 in what was the first meeting between the two. With husband and coach Parupalli Kashyap sitting courtside, the London Olympics bronze medallist showed she meant ...