Australian Open: Saina, Sindhu advance to 2nd round

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

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

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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