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Badminton: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth advance at All England Open

Badminton: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth advance at All England Open


Published: 8 March 2019 4:15 AM GMT
Birmingham: Indian stars Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth entered the quarter-finals of the women's and men's singles categories respectively at the All England Championship badminton tournament here on Thursday. Saina defeated Line Højmark Kjærsfeldt of Denmark in a hard fought second round encounter.Saina was off to a rough  start but fought back from a game down before prevailing 8-21, 21-16, 21-13 in 51 minutes. Srikanth also faced a tough fight before defeating Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in an exciting three-game contest.The seventh seeded Indian won 21-17, 11-21, 21-12 in 58 minutes against the reigning Asian Games champion. India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth. (File Photo: IANS) B. Sai Praneeth, the other Indian in the men's singles competition, was not so lucky. He crashed out following a straight games loss to NG Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong in the second round.Praneeth was no match for his opponent, going down 21-12, 21-17 in just 35 minutes. Earlier on Wednesday night, Saina Nehwal defeated Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland to advance to the second round of the women's singles category. Saina registered a 21-17, 21-18 straight sets victory against the Scotland player on Wednesday night. The match lasted 35 minutes.
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