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Saina, Sindhu and Kashyap advance

Top India shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu cleared the first round hurdles in the women’s singles by posting contrasting victories over their respective opponents in the Denmark Open Super Series Badminton Premier here on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in the men’s singles, Parupalli Kashyap beat Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-15 21-18 to enter the second round of the competition.

It was a hard-fought contest for Saina, who had to stretch herself for a 12-21 21-10 21-12 win over
Karin Schnaase of Germany in a match that lasted 49 minutes, while Sindhu took only 39 minutes to get the better of Hong Kong’s Pui Yin Yip 21-13 22-20 at the Odense Sports Park here.

The London Olympics bronze medallist did not have an ideal start as she lost the opening game 12-21. But the world no. 7 shuttler came back strongly in the next two, displaying some great smashes to wrap up the second and third game rather comfortably.

Saina will next take on winner of the match between Li Han and Minatsu Mitani.

In another women’s singles match, Sindhu was at her dominating best in the first game as she did not allow the Hong Kong shuttler to settle down.
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