Sridhar advances, Saina crashes out of Malaysia Super Series
Sridhar, ranked 26th in the world, is now the only Indian left in fray in the USD 2,00,000 tournament.other Updated: Jan 17, 2008 19:13 IST
India had a mixed day in the Malaysia Open Super Series with top men's shuttler Anup Sridhar fashioning a come-from-behind victory while Saina Nehwal crashing out in the first round of women's singles here.
Sridhar rallied to outsmart qualifier Tan Chun Seang of Malaysia 16-21, 21-18, 21-14 in a 49-minute match at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Sridhar, ranked 26th in the world, is now the only Indian left in fray in the USD 2,00,000 tournament.
In the second round, Sridhar will face world number 28 Korean Lee Hyun Il, who upset fifth seed Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the first round 12-21, 24-22, 21-16.
In the women's singles, it was heartbreak for Saina in the top-flight tournament as she went down 21-23, 9-21 to higher-rated Juliane Schenk of Germany.
Saina, ranked 27th in the world, gave a good fight in the first set before losing in deuce which lowered the Indian's morale.
She did not give much fight in the second set to lose the match in 30 minutes against her opponent who is ranked 10 places higher than her.
In women's doubles, Shruti Kurian and Jwala Gutta also failed to advance beyond the first round, losing to English pair of Joanne Nicholas and Natalie Munt 12-21, 21-14, 17-21.