All England Championship: Saina Nehwal ousted from opening round

Postado Março 15, 2018

World number 11 Saina Nehwal bowed out of the All England Open. India suffered a poor start as Saina Nehwal lost her game against top seed Tai Tzu Ying in her first-round game.

In women's doubles, the Indian duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy lost their first round match to Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan 14-21, 13-21.

TOISA 2018 Sportsperson of the Year Srikanth had endured a tough first round outing against Leverdez before emerging victorious 7-21, 21-14, 22-20 in the match that lasted nearly an hour.

Srikanth registered a hard-fought victory over Brice Leverdez of France in the opening round whereas Sindhu, TOISA 2018 Badminton player of the Year, also had to sweat hard to eke out 20-22, 21-17, 21-9 win over Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong. Srikanth began with the numerous errors that handed Leverdez a 5-0 lead in the first game.

He looked more aggressive and his approach earned him dividends as he forced the match into decider after winning 21-14. In the doubles match, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy beat Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, 22-20 21-12, to progress to the next round. Saina managed to level 10-10 with a precise cross court return from the back of the court but Tai Tzu went into the break with a slender one- point lead.

With the Taiwanese sending the shuttle to the net on four occasions on the trot, Saina managed to lead 16-11.