India Open: Nehwal, Sindhu kick off campaign with thumping wins

ANI | Updated: Jan 31, 2018 15:23 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan 31 (ANI): Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal kicked off her India Open campaign on a promising note as she thrashed Danish player Sofie Holmboe Dahl in straight games in the opening match of the women's singles event here on Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded looked dominant throughout the match as she eased past Holmboe Dahl 21-15, 21-9 in a one-sided clash that lasted for 41 minutes.

Nehwal will now lock horns with Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in the second round.

Meanwhile, Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu also made a winning start by brushing aside Natalia Koch Rohde 21-10, 21-13 in a opening-round encounter that lasted more than 30 minutes.

The top-seed will square off with either India's Vaidehi Choudhari or Bulgaria's Linda Zetchiri for a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament. (ANI)