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Saina Nehwal loses in Round 1, PV Sindhu advances in China Open Badminton

Saina Nehwal lost to unseeded Thailand player Porntip Buranaprasertuk 16-21, 21-19, 14-21 in the first round of the China Open while PV Sindhu, seeded seventh, won her opening game

other sports Updated: Nov 16, 2016 17:02 IST
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Hindustan Times
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Saina Nehwal lost in her comeback match at the China Open to Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertuk(PTI)

Saina Nehwal’s woes in 2016 continued as she lost to unseeded Thai player Porntip Buranaprasertuk in the first round of the China Open. Having lost the first game 16-21, Saina bounced back in style and won the second game 21-19 but showed rustiness in the final game to lose 14-21 and crash out of the tournament. It was a tight contest and the match lasted close to an hour

However, it was not all bad news for India as PV Sindhu, silver-medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the seventh seed, won her opening game in style by defeating Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chia Hsin 21-12, 21-16 to advance to the next round.

Saina has been plagued by a knee injury which resulted in her defeat in the first round of the Rio Olympics. Just days before the China Open, Saina admitted that her career might come to an abrupt end.

“Many people will think my career will end and I won’t come back. I also think somewhere deep in my heart that maybe it is the end of my career, so let’s see how it is. It is just about how to take care of my body and be in good shape because these injuries are quite painful,” Saina had said.

Indians had mixed results in the men’s singles section as well. HS Prannoy entered the quarter-finals following an easy 21-13, 21-13 win over Ka Long Angus Ng of Hong Kong. Prannoy will take on Bin Qiao of China in the last eight stage.

Qiao outclassed Tien Chen Chou of Taiwan 21-11, 21-13 in a one-sided affair.

In another men’s singles match, Ajay Jayaram went down 21-19, 20-22, 21-17 to Zhu Siyuan of China in an exciting encounter

First Published: Nov 16, 2016 10:49 IST