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India Open 2018: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu kick off campaign with thumping wins

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Saina Nehwal in action against Sofie Holmboe Dahl during the Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open 2018. PTI Photo by Vijay Verma

New Delhi: Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal kicked off her India Open campaign on a promising note as she thrashed Danish player Sofie Holmboe Dahl in straight games in the opening match of the women’s singles event here on Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded looked dominant throughout the match as she eased past Holmboe Dahl 21-15, 21-9 in a one-sided clash that lasted for 41 minutes.

Nehwal will now lock horns with Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in the second round.


Meanwhile, Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu also made a winning start by brushing aside Natalia Koch Rohde 21-10, 21-13 in a opening-round encounter that lasted more than 30 minutes.

The top-seed will square off with either India’s Vaidehi Choudhari or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri for a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.