Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal made a winning start at the India Open on Wednesday, beating Chinese Taipei's Chia Hsin Lee 21-10, 21-17. The encounter lasted 35 minutes.
Sania dominated her Chinese opponent right from the start, not letting Chia Hsin get a hold of the match. The Chinese shuttler gave a tough fight in the second game but Nehwal used all her experience and skill to close the match in straight sets.
She will play Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky, who beat India’s Sai Uttereth Rao Chukka 21-17, 21-18, in the second round on Thursday.
Earlier, Rituparna Das beat Chinese Taipei's Chiang Mei Hui in three games to become the first Indian to enter Round 2 in women's singles.
In men's doubles, India's Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy crashed out of the event, losing to Japan's Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi 21-19, 21-19 in the first round.
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