• Hong Kong Open: Saina Nehwal Cruises To 2nd Round

    After having been through with a lot of disappointment lately due to her knee injury, Saina Nehwal‘s comeback match finally hit the right track. Badminton ace Saina made a well-balanced start at the Hong Kong Super Series and has entered the second round of women’s singles. It was a tight fight for Saina against Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

    London Olympics bronze-medallist, Saina had earlier lost to Porntip in the opening round at China Open. Seems she is recovering from her injury fast. This time, she beat the same opponent scoring 12-21 21-19 21-17 against the World No. 12 Thai shuttler.

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    The fifth seeded Indian will next face off the winner of the match between Chiang Mei Hui and Japan’s Sayaka Sato at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Saina is hoping to book her Dubai Super Series Final spot.

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    Meanwhile, in men’s singles, HS Prannoy won over China’s Qiao Bin 21-16, 21-18, while national champion Sameer Verma edged past Japan’s Takuma Ueda 22-20, 21-18.

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