Rio de Janeiro, Aug 11 (IANS): Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal beat local hope Vicente Lohaynny 21-17, 21-17 in her opening Group C match in the women singles event here on Thursday. Also Read - Akshay Kumar-Saina Nehwal's 'Propaganda' Tweet Are Copied Word-to-Word, Too Much For 'India Together'?
Saina got some tough competition from the Brazilian shuttler. Lohaynny being 5-9 down, fought back leveling the game at 10-10. Saina just edged past the mid-game interval with a one point lead. Also Read - BWF World Tour Finals 2021 Results: PV Sindhu Ends Campaign With Win, Kidambi Srikanth Exits With Defeat
The 20-year-old local hope then fought neck-to-neck with the former world No.1. At 17-17 level, the Indian took four points on the trot and clinched the first game 21-17 in a well-battled 20 minutes. Also Read - BWF World Tour Finals Live Streaming Badminton in India: Where to Watch PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying, Kidambi Srikanth vs Anders Antonsen BWF World Tour Finals - Preview, Predictions, India Time
In the early minutes of the second game, Saina started to build her dominance in the court taking a 11-5 lead to the mid-game interval.
In the later half of the second game, the Brazlian tried to fight back, but Saina continued to dominate and taking three points on the trot, securing herself with seven match points before she took the second game 21-17 in 19 minutes.
Saina will be playing her next match on Sunday against Maria Ulitina of Ukraine.