Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal finally ended her long-term losing streak as the former World No. 1 defeated Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong in the first-round match of French Open 2019. The world-class player Saina seemed to look back in her attacking form against the strong opponent as she showed no mercy to Cheung in a two-set game. As a result, the Indian star comfortably clinched the 23-21, 21-17 win over Cheung Ngan Yi.
She is now all set to take on her next opponent in the second round with the same winning momentum. It will be interesting to see whether Saina will keep her dominance alive in the ongoing event or go down once again. As of now, she is quite hopeful for her next performance in the international tournament. Earlier in the recently concluded BWF Denmark Open 2019, Saina fall short against Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in the very first round. The strong Japanese opponent Takahashi took only 37 minutes to outclass the Indian veteran by 21-15, 23-21 scoreline.
On the other hand, another Indian badminton star PV Sindhu also paved her way to the second encounter of French Open 2019 as she outclassed Canada’s Michelle Li in the campaign opener. World Champion Sindhu defeated the Canadian professional in straight games with a great margin of 21-15, 21-13.
When on one side there were all gleaming smiles for brilliant female Indian shuttlers in the prestigious tournament. On the other side in men’s singles, classic Indian star Kidambi Srikanth failed to mark his win in the opening battle. Srikanth crashed out of ongoing French Open tournament after facing a first-round defeat against Taiwanese player Chou Tien Chen by 21-15, 7-21, 14-21 scoreline. However, in the opening set, it was Srikanth who dominated the lead but later in the last two games Chou bounced back easily. As a result, the Taiwanese veteran beat the Indian in 55 minutes of action.
Earlier in the day, experienced shuttler of India Parupalli Kashyap also crashed out of the grand badminton tournament as he went down against NG Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong with a monumental margin of 11-21, 9-21 in the first-round match.