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Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth go down tamely in first round of Malaysia Open badminton championship

Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made a first-round exit from the Malaysia Open on Tuesday.

By wasmulhaq 
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Kuala Lumpur: The bad patch of two Indian badminton stars, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, is not taking names to die as they made a first-round exit from the Malaysia Open on Tuesday.

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Saina, a two-time Commonwealth Games champion, struggled in 2022, both with multiple injuries and a lack of form, lost to Han Yue of China 12-21, 21-17, 12-21 in the USD 1,250,000 Super 1000 tournament. After losing the first game, Saina came back strongly and snatched the second game. But in the end, the Chinese proved too hot for the 2012 bronze medalist from London.

Kenta Nishimoto, the unseeded Japanese, tamed former world number one Indian shuttler Srikanth quite easily, winning 19-21, 14-21, in 42 minutes.

The world championship silver medalist laid down his arms easily against the Japanese opponent. Srikanth, ranked 13th, tried his best to come back in the opening game, but Nishimoto was moving in the court like a cheetah and won the first set after a hard-fought battle by 19-21.

The two shuttlers played entertaining badminton, and they were tied at 12-12 in the second game. After that, the Japanese shuttler left his Indian opponent behind in fitness and game play and won the match in straight games.

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Wen Chi Hsu of Chinese Taipei outplayed Akarshi Kashyap 10-21, 8-21 in her women’s singles opener.

Several Indian players are also taking part in the tournament. They Will be soon be seen on the court in action 

 

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