Saina's defeat ends with Indian challenge in women's singles in Women's Singles
B Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy reach the Pre-quarterfinals in Men's Singles
Auckland Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal became a victim of big overwhelming Wednesday. In the first round of the Women's Singles in the New Zealand Open, she had to face defeat by a shuttle below 203 ranks. Wang Xiai of China defeated Saina 21-16, 23-21, 21-4. On the other hand, Indian shuttler HS Pranav and B Sai Praneet, in Men's Singles, reached their pre-quarterfinals by winning their respective matches.
Saina-Wang was in front of each other for the first time
Saina and Wang Xiei first came to court against each other Saina's current world ranking is nine. Wang is the world's 212nd female shuttle. He won Silver Medal in the Youth Olympics last year.
With the defeat of Saina, Indian challenge ended in Women's Singles. Apart from Saina, Anuradha Prabhudesai of India had also landed in this tournament, but she has also lost.
In Men's Singles, Pranav defeated World No. 50 Singapore's Iron Key Yei 21-15, 21-14 in the first round. Now in the pre-quarterfinals, he will be up against second seeded Tommy Sagitta of Indonesia.
Praneeth also succeeded in crossing the first round challenge They reached the pre-quarterfinals by defeating compatriot Shubhankar Dey 21-17, 19-21, 21-15. Now they will face two-time Olympic and 5-time world champion Lin Dan.