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Saina enters second round of French Super Series

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal struggled her way to the second round of the French Super Series badminton tournament after defeating German Juliane Schenk in a thrilling first-round match in Paris.

sports Updated: Oct 31, 2009 12:23 IST

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal struggled her way to the second round of the French Super Series badminton tournament after defeating German Juliane Schenk in a thrilling first-round match in Paris.

Eighth seed Saina beat Juliane 21-18 19-21 21-13 in a 53-minute hard-fought battle on Friday.

Jwala Gutta, meanwhile, struck a double bonanza as she notched up wins both in the mixed doubles and women's doubles category with her partners V Diju and Ashwini Ponnappa respectively.

The 26-year-old Hyderabadi first teamed up with Ashwini to beat the Dane pair of Line Damkjaer Kruse and Mie Schjott-Kristensen 21-17 21-18 and later combined with Diju to notch up a 21-19 21-15 victory over the French pair of Baptiste Careme and Laura Choinet in 28 minutes.

Indian men's doubles combo of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas also kept the tricolour fluttering, beating the French pair of Maxime Renault and Sylvain Ternon 21-14 21-15 in just 21 minutes.