Saina, Sindhu make a flying start

Saina, Sindhu make a flying start
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London Games bronze winner Saina Nehwal and two-time World Championship bronze medallist, PV Sindhu made a resounding start to their badminton campaign at the Rio Olympics but it turned out to be a dismal day for the Indian doubles players here on Thursday.

Rio de Janeiro: London Games bronze winner Saina Nehwal and two-time World Championship bronze medallist, PV Sindhu made a resounding start to their badminton campaign at the Rio Olympics but it turned out to be a dismal day for the Indian doubles players here on Thursday.

Former World No 1 Saina staved off a spirited challenge from World No 73 Vicente Lohaynny 21-17, 21-17 in a women's singles match that lasted 39 minutes at the Riocentro.

Sindhu spanked Laura Sarosi of Hungary 21-8, 21-9 in a Group M match that lasted for 27 minutes. She will play against Li Michelle of Canada on Aug 14.

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost their women doubles match 15-21, 10-21 to the World No1 Japanese pair of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsumoto.

In the men's doubles draw, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost 18-21, 13-21 to World No 2 Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.

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