Saina Nehwal defeated Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin 21-12, 21-16 to enter the second round of the Malaysian Open Badminton Tournament.
The London Olympics bronze medalist won only 42 minutes. Saina, who won gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, continued her good form. They have been kept in a strict group, and in the next round, they will face Akane Yamaguchi of second seed Japan.
After nearly a month’s rest, India’s top shuttlers, including PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, will start their campaign from the South East Asia stage of the BWF World Tour.
World number-2 Yamaguchi and world number-10 Saina have so far been 6. Of which Yamaguchi has won 5 times, while Saina has won the same victory.
Although in the men’s singles, Sameer Verma got out of the competition with a loss of 13-21, 5-21 against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia. In the mixed doubles pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhuh Garg also lost in the first round, losing to Jitu and Du Yui of China’s eighth-seeded pair of 9-21, 10-21.