Guangzhou: Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the World Championships in their respective categories at the Tianhe Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.
World No.3 Saina hammered Russia's Olga Golovanova 21-5, 21-4 in only 23 minutes in their first ever encounter. In the women's singles pre-quarters, Saina will face Thai 15th seed Porntip Buranaprasertsuk against whom the Hyderabadi has a 5-0 record.
Saina, who took to the court for the first time after her quarterfinal exit at the Singapore Open Super Series in June, began her campaign with a few conservative rallies before stepping up the pressure and took 13 points in a row to pocket the first game.