China Open: Saina Nehwal makes first round exit in Fuzhou

In Badminton, she was seeded fourth in the tournament, Saina Nehwal today made a shock first round exit from the China Open in Fuzhou, lost to Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand, 16-21, 21-19, 14-21.

After injuring her knee during the Rio Olympics, Saina had made a return three months, which was followed by a surgery and a long rehabilitation programme.

After beating Chia Hsin Lee of Chinese Taipei, 21-12, 21-16, advanced to the pre-quarterfinals. Rio Games Silver medalist and seventh seed PV Sindhu.

In the Men’s Singles, Ajay Jayaram and HS Prannoy also made it to the second round.