Saina Nehwal is in the second round of the ongoing Indian Open, which is part of the BWF World Tour 500 tournament series, at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall on Wednesday. The Indian midfielder was pushed into the distance in the first game by Tereza Svabikova, but she was victorious 22-20. The player from the Czech Republic in the second match was forced to withdraw due to injury.
On Tuesday, Kidambi Srikanth recorded a convincing victory in their first round match. In men’s singles, Siril Verma threatened to take the match to Srikanth by closing the gap at 9-9 after a slow start. But once the world championship silver medalist stepped on the pedal and started controlling the rallies, the result was a foregone conclusion. Srikanth won 21-17, 21-10.
Srikanth will now face Kim Brunn of Denmark, who defeated Subhankar Dey of India 21-19, 18-21, 21-14 in one hour and 15 minutes. In another men’s singles match, Sameer Verma defeated his brother Sourabh Verma 21-7, 21-7.
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Earlier, Ashmita Chaliha of India overcame her own anxiety and a late fight from her opponent to defeat fifth-seeded Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia 24-22, 21-16.
In the women’s doubles first round match, former youth national champions Ritika Thaker and Simran Singh fought back after losing the first match to beat Mariia Stoliarenko and Yelyzaveta Zharka of Ukraine 14-21, 22-20, 21-19 for advance to the second. round.