Saina, Kashyap wins in Hong Kong Open

New Delhi: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal cruised into the second round of the Hong Kong Super Series with a comfortable straight-game win over Tsz Ka Chan in Wanchai on Wednesday.

World number two and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Saina defeated Chan 21-16 21-18 in half an hour match in the women`s singles event to set up a clash against Salakjit Ponsana of Thailand. Ponsana defeated Hsiao Huan Chen 21-18 21-13 in her first round match.

Among Indian men, CWG bronze medallist P Kashyap also crossed the first hurdle with a gruelling three-game win over Chinese Taipei`s Yu Hsing Hsieh in the singles.

The Indian fought past Hsieh 21-14 19-21 21-18 in an hour and four minute encounter. He will next face fifth seed Jin Chen of China tomorrow.

However, disappointment was in store for other two Indians in fray -- Aravind Bhat and RMV GurusaiDatt.

While Bhat went down to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 13-21, 21-23, Gurusaidutt fought his heart before going down 12-21, 21-19, 13-21 to local favorite Wing Ki Wong.


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