India’s Olympic bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal progressed to the women’s singles second round of the USD 170,000 Barcelona Spain Masters with a 21-16, 21-14 win over Germany’s Yvonne Li on Wednesday. Also Read - COVID-19: India Receives 1.70 Lakh PPE Coveralls From China to Fight Corona Crisis in Country
The Hyderabadi Saina took just 35 minutes to beat her opponent in the first round match. Also Read - Fighting Covid-19: India Needs 50,000 Ventilators & 27 Million N95 Masks in Next 2 Months
Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki N Reddy also won their mixed doubles first round match against Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Boje 10-21, 21-16, 21-17. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Mary Kom Participate in Lights Off Challenge as Sporting Fraternity Unite in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic by Lighting Candles, Lamps
However, HS Prannoy lost to Malaysian Daren Liew 18-21, 15-21 to bow out of the tournament.
Saina is looking to keep her Tokyo Olympic hopes alive after an inconsistent outing in 2019 and she also didn’t enjoy a good start this year. She has crossed the first round in only one of the three events in 2020.