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Saina breezes through her second round tie

Saina Nehwal had little cause for worry in her second round match at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Grand Prix on Thursday. The top seed trounced the unseeded Dhanya Nair 21-9, 21-9.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2010 01:01 IST
Anupma Tripathi

Saina Nehwal had little cause for worry in her second round match at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Grand Prix on Thursday. The top seed trounced the unseeded Dhanya Nair 21-9, 21-9.

“I know how Indians play. So, that was not a problem. Next, I play Sayali (Gokhale) and I expect some fight,” said Saina after the match. Once again, the drift from the air conditioner was upsetting. “The drift was faster today as compared to yesterday. I heard other players complaining too,” said the world No. 6.

The story wasn’t the same for Chetan Anand. The top seed in the men's category had a tough time in his third round match against compatriot Saurabh Verma. The world No. 19 won 13-21, 21-17, 21-15. ”I was not able to get my length and rhythm and eventually lost the first game. I was feeling low on energy. But a power failure helped me recoup in the second game. I was trailing 6-11 but later I was up 11-10,” said Chetan after the match that lasted 54 minutes.

Asked about the opponent, Chetan said though Verma put up a decent fight, the latter paid for his mistakes, “He tried to keep the shuttle down and tried to play a parallel game but fell into the trap for a while and lost points. By second game, I concentrated less on getting points and attacked more on counter play and that helped,” he said.

In an upset, India’s eighth seed, Ajay Jayaram, lost to Sean Tang Chun of Malaysia 21-16, 16-21, 18-21. The Malaysian will take on Chetan. Tanvir Gill and Mohita Sachdeva gave a walkover in their mixed doubles as Gill was down with a case of high fever.