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Australian Open: Saina, Sindhu advance to 2nd round

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Category: Badminton News Published: 25 June 2014
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Sydney: Indian badminton stars Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu advanced into the women's singles second round at the $750,000 Australian Open Super Series.

Saina Nehwal (left) and Sun Yu at post match press conference
Saina Nehwal (left) and Sun Yu at post match press conference

Saina Nehwal (left) and Sun Yu at post match press conference

Sindhu move past Japan's Aya Ohori 21-16, 21-14 in 31 minutes. She will take on Thai player world number 13 Nichaon Jindapon on Thursday.

Meanwhile, sixth seeded Saina Nehwal had to fight hard to win her first round match that lasted a marathon hour and 15 minutes.

Nehwal lost the first set 22-24 to the tall and lanky Chinese player Sun Yu, but fought back to win 21-17, 21-10 in the next two sets to sail to the second round. With the win, Saina levelled her career meeting record with Sun to 1-1. She will take on compatriot P.C. Thulasi in the second round.

Here are results for other Indian shuttlers:

Men's singles:

B. Sai Praneeth defeated Hoe Keat Oon (Australia) 21-7, 21-11

H.S. Prannoy lost to Marc Zwiebler (Germany) 21-14 21-18

Men's doubles:

Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar defeated Yong Kai Terry Hee and Zi Liang Derek Wong (Singapore) 21-16, 21-16

Alwin Francis and Arun Vishnu defeated Michael Fariman and Moses Tulaar Reyhan (Australian-Indonesia) 21-7, 21-11

Attri/B. Sumeeth Reddy lost to Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan (China) 17-21 11-21

Mixed doubles:

Manu Attri/N. Siki Reddy lost to Xu Chen/Ma Jin (China) 17-21 16-21

Akshay Dewalkar/Pradnya Gadre lost to Chan Yun Lung-Tse Ying Suet (HK) 16-21 14-21

Arun Vishnu/Aparna Balan lost to Ross Smith-Renuga Veeran (Australia) 21-23 22-20 22-24

Pradnya/Siki lost to Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Indonesia) 17-21 21-19 10-21

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