Japan Open: Sindhu and Saina set up clashes with Okuhara and Marin

P.V Sindhu kick started her Japan Super Series Open with a 12-21, 21-15, 21- 17 win over Japan's Minatsu Mitan while this was Saina's third win in as many meetings against Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong.

Sindhu will take on World Champion Nozomi Okuhara in the next round.   -  AFP

Fresh from winning the Korea Open last Sunday with a marathon effort, P.V Sindhu kick started her Japan Super Series Open with a 12-21, 21-15, 21- 17 win over Japan's Minatsu Mitani in Tokyo on Wednesday.

The home favourite Mitani got off to a superb start to take the first game 21-12. The 22-year-old Indian, with a favourable 6-4 head-to-head record against the world no. 19, fought back in the second game to even the tie at 1-1 with a 21-15 scoreline.

In the decider, the world no. 4 raced to a 15-6 lead to seize an early advantage over her opponent and closed out the game and the match at 21-17.

Sindhu will take on World Champion and her opponent from the Korean Open final Nozomi Okuhara in the next round.  

Saina makes winning return

The World No. 12 will now square off against Spain's Carolina Marin.   -  AFP

 

Returning to action after a week’s break, Saina Nehwal made a positive start to her campaign at the Japan Open Super Series, advancing to the second round with a convincing win.

Saina, who bagged a bronze medal at World Championship, had skipped the Korea Open due to a slight thigh strain. She took 39 minutes to dispatch Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-17, 21-9 in the women’s singles opening round.

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina will take on reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the next round.

Saina has a 4-3 record against the Spaniard, having lost thrice in the last four meetings.

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