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China Super Series 2016: Saina Loses Comeback Match, Sindhu Through

Saina Nehwal's comeback ended with a gruelling opening round loss but Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu crossed the first hurdle at the USD 700,000 China Super Series Premier here on Wednesday.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:November 16, 2016, 8:26 PM IST
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China Super Series 2016: Saina Loses Comeback Match, Sindhu Through
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Fuzhou: Saina Nehwal's comeback ended with a gruelling opening round loss but Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu crossed the first hurdle at the USD 700,000 China Super Series Premier here on Wednesday.

Three months after limping out of the Rio Olympics due to a severe knee injury, fourth seed Saina was back on the court but her fight against Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk ended with a 16-21 21-19 14-21 loss in a women's singles match that lasted for almost an hour.

London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina, who had won the China Open title in 2014 and reached the finals last year, will next play at the Hong Kong Super Series next week.

Saina though sounded confident as she gave out a statement to the Premier Badminton League saying that she would soon regain her full form and fitness.

This was my first tournament since Rio Olympics and it felt really good to be back. I was playing after a gap of two and half months after the surgery. Even though I lost early I am quite satisfied with the way I played and gave a tough fight playing against a top player. I am feeling good about my fitness level and it will only get better for me from here,
she said.

Seventh seed Sindhu, however, had no problems in disposing off the challenge from Chinese Taipei's Chia Hsin Lee 21-12 21-16 in just 34 minutes. The two-time bronze medallist at World Championship will next take on USA's Beiwen Zhang.

In men's singles, Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy also reached the second round after notching up contrasting wins over their respective opponents in the opening round.

World No. 23 Jayaram dished out a gritty performance as he staved off the challenge from China's Zhu Siyuan and prevailed 21-19 20-22 21-17 in a match that lasted for an hour and two minutes.

He will next take on the winner of the match between Hong Kong's Wei Nan and sixth seeded Korean Son Wan Ho. World No. 28 Prannoy got rid of Hong Kong's NG Ka Long Angus 21-13 21-13 in another match. The Swiss Open champion will face the winner of the match between Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen, seeded seventh, and China's Qiao Bin

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| Edited by: Arnab Sen
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