It was yet another bad day at Rio Olympics for India, but the sparkle came in the form of Hyderabadi Badminton players Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and two-time World Championship bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu won their matches on Thursday.
Saina defeated Lohayanny Vincente of Brazil for 21-17, 21-17 in 40 minutes in the first-round match of Group G. And, ninth seed Sindhu hammered Laura Sarosi of Hungary 21-8, 21-9 in a Group-M match which lasted 27 minutes.
In fact for Sindhu it was a cake walk literally when she took hardly 13 and 14 minutes to finish the first two games. She will now have to play with Li Michelle of Canada on August 14.
But all was not so hunky and dory as the much touted women’s doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa set off to a disappointing start. They lost to World No 1 Japanese pair Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsumoto for 21-15, 21-10 in a 36-minute match in Group A. They will have to get together their act for World No. 11 Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in their second group clash on Friday.
In men’s doubles, Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy suffered a loss against the World No. 2 Indonesian combine of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.