All England Championships Saina Nehwal through, Sameer Verma goes down fighting

Mar 7 2019 11:24AM


Saina Nehwal beat Kirsty Gilmour in straight games but Sameer Vermas challenge came to end at the All England Championships, after losing to Viktor Axelsen in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Nehwal, who is World Number 9, easily defeated her opponent form Scotland with a 21-17, 21-18 victory in the first round of the womens singles to qualify for the next round.

"I really enjoy a lot, it is something every player looks up to. The challenge is even more tough than regular Super Series events as everyone wants to have the trophy. You have to play your natural game to be the best and cant really put the pressure on yourself, that you have to have it. If it is in your destiny then you will get it. The challenge is to give your and beat the best players," Saina said after the match.

Nehwal will meet Denmarks Line Kjaersfeldt in the second round on Thursday.

Sameer, on the other hand, gave a tough fight to Axelsen but went down 21-16, 18-21, 14-21.

Earlier, India other star shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out following a hard fought defeat to Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea in the first round of the womens singles

Sindhu went down 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 in an hour and 20 minutes.
"There were too many points for me to cover and it was a good game overall. Maybe I should have controlled much more. It was just my bad luck and it was just not my day because my mid-court smashes were just going to the net. Overall, she played well," Sindhu said after the match.

B Sai Praneeth advanced beat compatriot H.S. Prannoy 21-19, 21-19 to progress to the second round of the mens singles. Kidambi Srikanth also navigated the first round hurdle with a 21-13, 21-11 against Frances Brice Leverdez.

In womens doubles, the pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha Ram qualoified for the second round with a 18-21, 21-12, 21-12 win over the Russian pair of Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova. While, the more experienced Indian womens doubles combination of Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy went down 21-16, 26-28, 16-21 to the world No.7 Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto in an hour and 17 minutes.
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