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Saina, Sindhu star as India makes winning start at Asiad

Saina Sindhu star as India makes winning start at Asiad Star shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu hammered their respective rivals in straight games as India opened their Asian Games’ badminton campaign with a 3-0 triumph over Macau China to enter the women’s team event quarterfinals, here on Saturday.

The entire tie lasted under one and a half hour as Indians outplayed their rivals with clinical precision.
Saina opened the proceedings for the team and hardly broke a sweat before thrashing Kit Ieng Wong 21-6 21-4 in just 21 minutes.

Sindhu was the next player in and she was also in rampaging form, beating Teng Iok U 21-8 21-9. Sindhu, who won a bronze medal in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, took just 24 minutes to wrap the issue in her favour.

In the doubles match, N Sikki Reddy and Pradnya Gadre faced some stiff challenge from Zhibo Zhang and Rong Wang before prevailing 21-16 21-17 in the 32-minute contest.

– PTI