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No mistakes by India’s best this time around

This time, Saina Nehwal did not disappoint the gathering at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

other Updated: Apr 26, 2012 01:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

This time, Saina Nehwal did not disappoint the gathering at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

A surprisingly large turnout on the first day of the India Open Super Series cheered the third seeded Indian the moment she entered the playing arena, and it seemed as if they needed the win more than her.

Saina easily outplayed Pui Yip Yin of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-9 to put to rest the bitter memories of last year's first round exit here. Her strokes looked effortless and the game smooth, partially because of her opponent's numerous unforced errors.

“I was confident about this match. She did not fight back in the second game which made things simpler,” said Saina.

No time to warm-up
However, Jwala Gutta and V Diju had no such luck as they went down to Xia Huan and Tao Jiaming 21-18, 21-19, which could dent their world ranking. The world No 16 pair blamed it to the change in the match schedule, which gave them very little time to warm up for the match.

However, chief referee, TM Ponambalum, said the pair was aware of the changes, which were done to finish the day's matches on time.

“The decision had been conveyed by me to Jwala personally. She had asked for extra time which I gave her. There seems to be miscommunication between the players,” said Ponambalum.

Good show
It was one of the best starts for Indian players in recent Super Series tournaments.

Ajay Jayaram and P Kashyap advanced to the second round, taking their battle for an Olympic berth further. Ajay beat last year's quarterfinalist Sourabh Verma 21-15, 17-21, 21-11.

PV Sindhu went past the first round of a Super Series for the first time, beating Tzu Ying Tai 21-17, 21-19, after losing twice to her in previous tournaments.

Ashwini Ponnappa and Tarun Kona were a surprise package, beating Muhammad Rijal and Debby Susanto of Indonesia 20-22, 21-18, 22-20.

First Published: Apr 26, 2012 00:16 IST