February 26, 2017
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Indonesia Super Series 2016 Saina Nehwal enters second round

Indonesia Super Series 2016 Saina Nehwal enters second round

Indonesia Super Series 2016 Saina Nehwal enters second round

Indonesia Super Series 2016 Saina Nehwal enters second round

Indonesia Super Series 2016 Saina Nehwal enters second round


Three-time champion Saina Nehwal staved off a challenge from a lower-ranked Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei to make a positive start to her women’s singles campaign at the USD 900,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier badminton tournament here on Tuesday.
Eighth seed Saina recovered from a mid-game slump to register a 21-11, 19-21, 21-15 win over World No. 23 Pai Yu Po in a match that lasted an hour and three minutes at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
World No. 8 Saina will next take on Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani on Wednesday.
However, Indian mixed doubles pair of Manu Attri and Ashwini Ponnappa fought hard before going down 14-21, 25-27 to Singapore combo of Yong Kai Terry Hee and Wei Han Tan in a 30-minute match.
Looking for her maiden title of the season, Saina had to fight for each point early on as Pai too came up with a good game. But the Indian soon started to dominate and distanced herself from the Taiwan girl.



Indonesia Open : Saina enters quarters; doubles teams knocked out

Two days after struggling against a lower ranked opponent Saina Nehwal was in full flow on Thursday as she breezed past Fitriani Fitriani of Indonesia 21-11, 21-10 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier in Jakarta on Thursday.

However, the doubles teams disappointed suffering straight game losses. Seasoned campaigners Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa , who are ranked 14 in the world, proved no match to Chinese pair of Yaqiong Huang and Jinjua Tang 9-21, 18-21. The World No. 25 team took just 33 mins to oust the Indians. Later, men’s doubles outfit of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy fared poorly against sixth seeds Sung Hyun Ko and Baek Cheol Shin 18-21, 13-21. Saina now needs to come up with her best show, where she will face World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain.

The bottom-half of women’s singles witnessed an upset as Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei put it across Olympic champion and third seed Li Xuerui of China 2118, 21-18. Five-time world and two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan was stunned in the second round of men’s singles. The Super Dan was shocked by Indonesian youngster Jonatan Christie 12-21, 12-21.

Indian results (Rd II):
Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal bt Fitriani Fitriani 21-11, 21-10.
Women’s doubles: Yaqiong Huang-Jinhua Tang (Chn) bt Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-19, 21-18.
Men’s doubles :
Sung Hyun Ko-Baek Cheol Shin (Kor) bt Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy 21-18, 21-13.
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