Sindhu, Saina enter second round of Asia Badminton C'ship

Top Indian shuttlers P.V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal notched up contrasting wins to advance to the second round of the Asia Badminton Championship in Wuhan on Wednesday.

Olympic and world championship silver medallist Sindhu eased past Takahashi Sayaka of Japan in straight games. Sindhu looked in command from the beginning and registered a thumping 21-14 21-7 victory in just 28 minutes.

The fourth seed Indian will next face Choirunnisa of Indonesia.

World number nine Saina had to work hard in her bid to get the better of China's Han Yue. The seventh seed Indian came back strongly to pull off a thrilling 12-21 21-11 21-17 win after conceding the first game.

The London Olympic bronze medallist will next square off against Kim Ga Eun of South Korea.

In the men's singles, Sameer Verma notched up a hard-fought 21-13 17-21 21-18 victory over Sakai Kazumasa of Japan. The Indian survived a scare after losing the second game but, after struggling for an hour and seven minutes, he trumped the Japanese.

The world number 15 Indian will next face Hong Kong's Ng Ka Long Angus.

(Agencies)