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Saina Nehwal faced one more defeat in one more international tournament. This time she went down in BWF Denmark Open 2019 at Odense Sports Park on Wednesday. The former World no. 1 shuttler who began her prestigious campaign with great confidence fell short against Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in the very first round. The strong Japanese opponents Takahashi took only 37 minutes to outclass the Indian veteran by 21-15, 23-21 scoreline.

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There is no doubt in saying that 2019 hasn’t been a great year for the Indian superstar as she lost all her international badminton tournaments this year except one Indonesia Masters 2019 in January where she defeated Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin. Since then Saina has faced only disappointing defeats in every big tournament.

Earlier in China Open and Korea Open also she bowed out of the events respectively in opening rounds. When on one side in China Open, Nehwal lost to Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand by 10-21, 17-21 margin. On the other side in Korea Open 2019, she made a shocking exit from the grand event after playing just two rounds in the campaign opener against local star Kim Ga Eun. Only time will tell when will this losing streak of Saina Nehwal come to end as her fans are eagerly waiting to see the London Olympics bronze medallist in typical action-pack form.

Coming back to Denmark Open 2019, Saina Nehwal was not the only one who knocked out of the grand tournament as another India badminton star Kidambi Srikanth also made his way out of the event in the first round against Anders Antonsen of Denmark by 14-21 18-21 verdict. The local star beat the former Indian Champion in just 43 minutes of action. While his Indian mate Sai Praneeth, on the contrary, made an impressive start in the worth-watching campaign opener. The 27-year-old experienced shuttler Praneeth easily defeated the Olympic champion Lin Dan of China with a great margin of 21-14, 21-17 on Wednesday. With this emphatic win, he successfully paved his way to the second round and his next round opponent is yet to be confirmed.

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