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Saina, Sumeeth begin with wins

PTI
Published : Jan 24, 2019, 1:17 am IST
Updated : Jan 24, 2019, 1:17 am IST

The 28-year-old from Hyderabad will next face another Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani, against whom she has a 4-0 head-to-head record.

Manu Attri plays a shot as partner Sumeeth Reddy stays alert during their men’s doubles match against Mads Pieler Kolding and Niclas Nohr of Denmark at the Indonesia Masters on Wednesday.
 Manu Attri plays a shot as partner Sumeeth Reddy stays alert during their men’s doubles match against Mads Pieler Kolding and Niclas Nohr of Denmark at the Indonesia Masters on Wednesday.

Jakarta: Saina Nehwal struggled her way into the second round but compatriots B. Sai Praneeth and Subhankar Dey failed to cross the opening hurdle at the $350,000 Indonesia Masters badminton on Wednesday.

Eighth seeded Saina recovered from a first-game loss to secure a 7-21, 21-16, 21-11 win over local hope Dinar Dyah Ayustine, ranked 50th. It was Saina’s third win over Ayustine.

 

The 28-year-old from Hyderabad will next face another Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani, against whom she has a 4-0 head-to-head record.

National champions Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy also dished out a fighting game to notch up a 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 win over Denmark’s Mads Pieler Kolding and Niclas Nohr in the men’s doubles.

In the men’s singles, Praneeth was sent packing 12-21, 16-21 by Olympic champion Chen Long of China in 40 minutes, while Subhankar fought hard before going down 14-21, 21-19, 15-21 against Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy also bowed out, losing 14-21, 14-21 to Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai in the women’s doubles opener.   

 

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