India had a disappointing day in office with Sayali Gokhale and PC Thulasi crashing out of the qualifying round of the women's singles event at the Asian Badminton Championship being held at the Suwon Indoor Stadium in Korea on Tuesday. National champion Sayali thrashed Mendjargal Munkhchimeg of Mongolia 21-8 21-4 in the first round but lost to Zhu Jingjing of China 21-17 21-13 in the next round.
Kerala’s PC Thulasi played her heart out against Taiwanese Pai Min Jie but could not get past her rival losing 9-21, 22-20, 7-21 in the first round.
All eyes on Saina
World No seven Saina Nehwal has a tough task in hand as she opens her campaign against the defending champion and world No 14 Jiang Yanjiao.