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All England Open: Saina exits; Sindhu, Srikanth advance

Prime News, International Sports, Tennis, Birmingham (United Kingdom), March 15:- Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Wednesday made a first-round exit from the All England Championship after a straight-game defeat against World No 1 and defending champion Tai Tzu-Ying, here.

Saina, who had reached the finals in the 2015 edition, couldn’t match up to the precision and athleticism of Tai Tzu, going down 14-21 18-21. It was Saina’s eighth successive loss to the Taiwanese wizard in five years.

In other women’s singles, Rio Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu brought some good news for the Indian fans as she entered round two of the championship after beating Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 20-22, 21-17, 21-9.

Sindhu conceded the first game after a tough fight but fought back strongly to make a comeback and win the game.

Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth also advanced to the second round of the event after beating Brice Leverdez of France in a hard-fought game. Srikanth emerged victorious with 7-21, 21-14, 22-20 in the match, which lasted for about an hour. -(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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