Saina reaches second round of French Open

Updated: 26 October 2011 17:06 IST

Indian ace Saina Nehwal started her campaign at the French Open Super Series on a positive note, thrashing Jie Yao of Holland in straight-games to reach the second round of the women's singles event at Paris on Wednesday.

Saina reaches second round of French Open
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New Delhi:

Indian ace Saina Nehwal started her campaign at the French Open Super Series on a positive note, thrashing Jie Yao of Holland in straight-games to reach the second round of the women's singles event at Paris on Wednesday.

Fourth seed Saina beat Jie 21-14, 21-9 in just 29 minutes and will take on the winner between Chinese Xuerui Li and Youn Joo Bae of Korea on Thursday.

2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Chetan Anand, who was missing from the international circuit for most part of the season, could not cross the first hurdle and retired hurt midway after losing the first game 13-21 against Brice Leverdez of France.

The 21-year-old Saina didn't give her opponent any chance as she reeled off 22 smashes against just one by Jie and also pocketed seven net winners compared to the two points the Dutch gathered.

The match went neck-and-neck till 4-4 but the Indian soon opened up a 8-4 lead and kept extending the lead to walk away with the first game comfortably.

In the second game, Saina was even more ruthless as she raced to a win.

World number four Saina had crashed out of the second round at last week's Denmark Open Super Series.

Topics : Badminton Saina Nehwal
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