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Saina survives scare in Indonesia

other Updated: Jun 12, 2013 00:10 IST

Defending champion Saina Nehwal survived a scare in her campaign opener as she struggled past Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri in an energy-sapping three game thriller at the Indonesian Super Series Premier in Jakarta on Tuesday.

World No 2 Saina had to play out of her skin against the 14th ranked Fanetri, who posed a huge threat to the Indian before surrendering 17-21, 29-27, 13-21 in 1hr14min in a first round match at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium here.

India in prequarters
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Kulkarni holds Gupta
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Sporting club win
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