Saina Nehwal rallied to carve out a hard-fought opening win but P.V. Sindhu crashed out of the Denmark Open with an American Beiwen Zhang in the women’s singles event, here on Tuesday.
Saina defeated Hong Kong’s Ngan Yi Cheung 20-22, 21-17, 24-22 in a draining clash that lasted 81 minutes.
However, a third seed Sindhu lost to American Beiwen Zhang in another tough opening encounter that lasted 56 minutes.
In a tense match, Saina had to endure a stiff challenge form Cheyung, who she last played back in 2016 and went on to lose that match.
The see-saw battle was a thriller down to the last point with the Indian saving two match points at 21-20 and 22-21 in the final game to emerge triumphant and move ahead.
Saina was also guilty of frittering away a match point of her own when she led 20-19 in the final game.
For Sindhu, this was the third consecutive time that she lost to Zhang. The American shuttler defeated Sindhu in the Indian Open final in February earlier this year.
From Online Sources