Badminton Asia Championships: Saina, Sindhu advance to second round

Olympic-bound Indian shuttlers, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu won their respective women’s singles matches to make a resounding start to their campaign at the Badminton Asia Championships here on Wednesday.

Fifth seed Saina disposed off Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani 21-16, 21-17, while Sindhu brushed aside another Indonesian Maria Febe Kusumastuti 21-10, 21-13 in a half an hour contest in the opening round here.

In the next round, World No. 8 Saina will face the winner of the match between Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri and Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol, while ranked 10th Sindhu will meet eighth seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

However, it was a bad day at office for other Indians in the fray here, the last event before the Olympic qualification deadline.


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