Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap sail into second round of Malaysia Masters

first_img Asian News International Kuala LumpurJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 16:48 IST Saina Nehwal has been one of the top achievers for India in badminton in 2018 (Saina Nehwal Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18Parupalli Kashyap got the better of Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 19-21, 21-19, 21-10Kidambi Srikanth also eased past Honk Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-17, 21-11Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made a winning start to their campaign at the ongoing Malaysia Masters on Wednesday.While Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 to move into the second round of the women’s singles event, Srikanth eases past Honk Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-17, 21-11 to advance further in the men’s singles event of the tournament.Nehwal looked tentative in the initial stage of the match but soon made a comeback with a resilient attitude. Having lost the opening margin of seven points, the shuttler gave an impressive performance in the consecutive games to move further in the competition.Nehwal has been one of the top achievers in 2018, claiming a second gold in the CWG and securing a bronze at the Asian Games and Asian Championship.Good first round wins for both of us #MalaysiaMastersSuper500 .. Looking forward for the pre-quarters tomorrow #kualalumpur pic.twitter.com/5T4nVsCFbMSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 16, 2019She also reached the finals at Indonesia Masters, Denmark Open and Syed Modi International.For Srikanth, the battle was comparatively easy as he registered a dominating straight sets victory over his Hong Kong counterpart. Without showing any signs of weakness, the world number eight player maintained a firm grip on the match from start to end.World No 8 Srikanth endured a below-par season where he topped the BWF ranking for a brief period and also claimed the Commonwealth Games silver but failed to win a single title, following an unprecedented high of 2017.advertisementMeanwhile, Parupalli Kashyap, who tied the knot with Saina Nehwal in December last year, also made it to the second round of the Malaysia Masters after defeating Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 19-21, 21-19, 21-10 in an exciting contest.In mixed-doubles event, Indian pair of Pranaav Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy defeated Dutch duo of Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek 21-19, 21-17 to move into the second round of the competition.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Malaysia MastersFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli KashyapFollow Kidambi Srikanth Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap sail into second round of Malaysia MastersSaina Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong to move into the second round of the women’s singles while Parupalli Kashyap defeated Rasmus Gemke in his men’s singles opener.advertisement Nextlast_img

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