Saina Nehwal makes her way into the second round of Macau Open as she came from a game down to beat Indonesia’s Hanna Ramadini 21-23, 21-14, 21-18 in one hour three minutes, on Wednesday. The 26-year-old shuttler has been struggling with a knee injury of late, something that has impeded with her performances this year and it was the fifth time since her return that Saina was prolonged into a third game.
Nehwal lost a tight first game which was the neck to neck competition, against the world No. 44 before wrapping up the win. Both the players matched each other shot-for-shot in the first game, but Ramadini managed to take the early lead. However, Saina bounced back from that point, clinching the second and the third games, respectively.
In the second game, Nehwal seemed to have learnt from her mistakes and gave little room for Ramadini to work with. The Indian closed out the game swiftly. Nehwal maintained her momentum in the third game as well and took a sizeable lead early on. Ramdini, though, fought back as the game progressed to come within two points of Nehwal. Saina is scheduled to face Indonesia’s Dinar Dyah Ayustine in the next round on Thursday.
In the men’s singles, B Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap moved to the pre-quarters after winning against China’s Sun Feixiang 21-12,21-15 and Chinese Taipei’s Chun -Wei Chen 21-19, 21-8 respectively. However, Hong Kong Open finalist Sameer Verma failed to impress this time round, as he got knocked out by Muhammad Bayu Pangisthu of Indonesia. Sameer had played his maiden Superseries final on Sunday in the Hong Kong Open, where he had lost to local favourite Angus Ng Ka Long