Nehwal out of Denmark Open with second round loss

World No. 5 K Srikanth was also knocked out of the tournament in the second round, in what was a bad day for Indian shuttlers in Odense.

The world No. 1 lost 18-21 13-21 to world number 18, Japan's Minatsu Mitani, in 39 minutes in the women's singles second round.   -  AP (File Photo)

On a bad day for Indian shuttlers at the Denmark Open, top seed Saina Nehwal suffered a shock second round defeat while K Srikanth also failed to clear the second round in men's singles of the USD 650,000 Super Series Premier event, here.

Also making an exit was men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy.

World No. 1 Saina lost 18-21 13-21 to world No. 18 from Japan Minatsu Mitani in 39 minutes in the women's singles second round.

World No. 5 Srikanth, who had a 1-1 record against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia coming into the match, failed to come up with his best game and lost 15-21 17-21 in the men's singles second round.

Top Indian men's doubles pair of Manu and Sumeeth, who reached the finals of Dutch Open last week, put up a brave fight before going down 19-21 22-20 19-21 to eight seeds Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin of Chinese Taipei.

On Wednesday, H S Prannoy went down fighting against Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei in the opening round. World No. 16 Prannoy, who had lost to Hao at the 2011 Bulgarian International, could not exert enough pressure on his opponent, and suffered a 21-23 21-19 15-21 loss in a men's singles match that lasted an hour and 21 minutes.

Prannoy had dominated most part of the opening game as he led 7-3 early on and even though Hao wrested control for a brief time at 13-12, the Indian grabbed the lead immediately with a four-point burst to move to 17-13 and then held three game points at 20-17.

In Chinese Taipei Grand Prix tournament, 13th seed Indian Sameer Verma lost to Thailand's Khosit Phetpradab 17-21 23-21 12-21 in men's singles opening round at the Hsing Chuang Gymnasium.

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