Saina advances to second round of Swiss Open badminton

March 13th, 2008 - 4:53 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) India’s top ranked women’s shuttler Saina Nehwal thrashed Anna Rice of Canada 21-13, 21-13 in the first round of the $200,000 Swiss Open in Basel. Saina was in a demolishing mood against the Canadian, winning 42 rallies compared to her opponent’s 26 and pocketed the tie in just 30 minutes Wednesday night.

Earlier Wednesday, Anup Sridhar upset word No. 17 Shoji Sato of Japan 22-20, 13-21, 21-14 in men’s singles first round.

India’s ace women’s doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Shruti Kurian were outclassed by Indonesian Vita Marissa and Liliyana Natsir 18-21, 17-21 in the opening round.

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