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Saina Nehwal makes a winning start at the world badminton championships

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Saina, who won silver at the 2015 World Championships, battled Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong in the match’s opening round.

Day two of the Badminton World Championships match between Saina Nehwal and Cheung Ngan Yi of China features Saina Nehwal hitting a return.

Saina Nehwal, the London Olympic bronze medalist, defeated Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in straight games on Tuesday in her first-round match in the women’s singles division of the ongoing BWF World Championships 2022, giving her campaign a strong start.

Saina, who won the silver medal at the 2015 World Championship, battled valiantly in the opening game. At one point, she fell behind 4-7, but she fought back to make the halftime score 10-11. The Hyderabadi shuttler then prevailed 21-19 in a close match.

The two-time world championship medalist Nehwal played with precision in the second game, winning four straight points to take the victory 21-9. She won the game 21-19, 21-9, and finished the match in just 38 minutes, giving her four victories out of five.

Due to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan’s withdrawal from the competition, Saina will now compete in the third round. Okuhara was Saina’s opponent in the second round.

The second-round match between Thailand’s 12th seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan and Germany’s Yvonne Li will determine who the 32-year-old shuttler will face.

Malavika Bansod was eliminated in her opening round match at the World Championships, leaving only Indian shuttler Saina competing in the women’s singles event.

PV Sindhu, the tournament’s champion in 2019, was unable to participate because of an injury.

The Malaysian duo Low Yeen Yuan and Valeree Siow were defeated by Treesa Jolly and Pullela Gayatri in the women’s doubles category’s opening round match 21-11, 21-13 earlier in the day.

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