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


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.