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Saina storms into second round

Saina Nehwal entered the second round of women’s singles with a comfortable win but Parupalli Kashyap went down fighting against former World No. 1 Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the first round of the men’s singles in the Yonex Sunrise India Open on Wednesday.

Saina hardly broke a sweat to overcome Belaetrix Manuputi of Indonesia 21-12, 21-15 in just 33 minutes while Kashyap put up stiff resistance before losing 21-13, 21-23, 18-21.

In what turned out to be a mixed day for Indians, K Srikanth registered an upset victory over World No 6 Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark, while Arvind Bhat expectedly lost to World No 8 Kenichi Togo.

RMV Gurusaidutt and Ajay Jayaram won their respective matches against Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto and Vladimir Malkov of Russia. While Gurusaidutt won by 21-16 21-17 margin, Jayram defeated the Russian with identical game scores of 21-17, 21-17. Talented P V Sindhu came from behind to win 17-21, 21-18, 21-14 against Yao Xue of China in the women’s singles.

Saina will face Yui Hashimoto of Japan in the next round. However, the surprise match of the day was Srikanth beating Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 21-7, 18-21, 21-12 in 45 minutes.

In other women’s singles first round matches, Sayali Gokhale could hardly pose any threat to World No. 8 Ratchanok Intanon and lost tamely 8-21, 12-21. The fancied mixed pair of V Diju and Jwala Gutta got the better of Chris Langridge and Heather Olver 19-21, 21-15, 21-16.
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