Saina Nehwal loses, PV Sindhu cruises in China Open round 1

Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 08:41 IST | PTI

Saina Nehwal's comeback ended with a gruelling opening round loss but Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu crossed the first hurdle at the USD 700,000 China Super Series Premier yesterday

Saina Nehwal, who had won the China Open title in 2014, will next play at the Hong Kong Super Series next week. Pic/Getty Images
Saina Nehwal, who had won the China Open title in 2014, will next play at the Hong Kong Super Series next week. Pic/Getty Images

Fuzhou (China): Saina Nehwal's comeback ended with a gruelling opening round loss but Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu crossed the first hurdle at the USD 700,000 China Super Series Premier yesterday.

Three months after limping out of the Rio Olympics due to a severe knee injury, fourth seed Saina was back on the court but her fight against Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk ended with a 16-21, 21-19, 14-21 loss in a women's singles match that lasted for almost an hour. London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina, who had won the China Open title in 2014 and reached the finals last year, will next play at the Hong Kong Super Series next week.

Seventh seed Sindhu, however, had no problems in disposing off the challenge from Chinese Taipei's Chia Hsin Lee 21-12, 21-16 in just 34 minutes. The two-time bronze medallist at World Championship will next take on USA's Beiwen Zhang.

In the men's singles, Ajay Jayaram and HS Prannoy also reached the second round after notching up contrasting wins over their respective opponents in the opening round. World No. 23 Jayaram dished out a gritty performance as he staved off the challenge from China's Zhu Siyuan and prevailed 21-19, 20-22, 21-17 in a match that lasted for an hour and two minutes.

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