New Delhi: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal crossed the first hurdle with a straight-game victory but India overall had a bitter-sweet day at the Asia Badminton Championship at Qingdao, China on Wednesday.
World number five Saina thrashed China's Kaori Imabeppu 21-9 21-12 in just 33 minutes in the women's singles competition. The Indian will next take on China's Xiao Jia Chen on Thursday.
World number 16 Indian pair of V Diju and Jwala Gutta notched up a 21-16 21-18 win over the Indonesian combo of Riky Widianto and Puspita Richi Dili in the mixed doubles competition. They will next take on the Korean combo of Sa Rang Kim and Hye In Choi.