Saina, Sindhu cruise into second round

Incheon :  After guiding the women’s badminton team to a historic bronze two days ago, India’s top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu opened their campaign in the Asian Games individual competitions with thumping victories in the singles event on Wednesday.

Sixth seed Saina easily overcame U Teng Lok of Macau 21-10, 21-8 in just 20 minutes and lined up against her next opponent Iran’s Soraya Aghaeihajiagha, who dispatched Mongolia’s Khulangoo Baatar in straight games in another round of 32 women’s singles encounter.

Sindhu, seeded 8th, too had a comfortable 21-7, 21-13 first round victory in 19 minutes over Wong Kit Leng, also of Macau, to book a round of 16 clash against M Bellaetrix of Indonesia. “It should be a tricky match but I am confident of doing well,” Sindhu said. “I am taking it match by match and not looking too far ahead,” she said.

Saina said her easy first round victory was expected but things would hot up from round three. “The first two rounds are generally easy but things would get tougher after that.” If Saina sails through to the quarters tomorrow, she is likely to face Yan Wihan of China against whom she has a poor 1-8 win-loss ratio.—PTI

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