All England Open 2021: Saina Nehwal retires on account of harm; 4 Indians in Spherical 2 of males’s singles

All England Open 2021: Saina Nehwal retires on account of harm; 4 Indians in Spherical 2 of males’s singles

Saina, who completed second finest right here in 2015, appeared in discomfort together with her proper thigh and determined to retire after lagging 8-21, 4-10 behind in her opening spherical match in opposition to seventh seed Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark on Wednesday night time.

All England Open 2021: Saina Nehwal retires due to injury; four Indians in Round 2 of men's singles

File picture of Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal. AFP

Birmingham: 4 Indian male shuttlers, together with Olympic hopeful B Sai Praneeth, superior to the second spherical however former World no 1 Saina Nehwal was pressured to concede her opening girls’s singles match after struggling an harm on the All England Championships right here.

Saina, who completed second finest right here in 2015, appeared in discomfort together with her proper thigh and determined to retire after lagging 8-21, 4-10 behind in her opening spherical match in opposition to seventh seed Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark on Wednesday night time.

In males’s singles, World No 15 Praneeth noticed off France’s Toma Junior Popov 21-18 22-20, whereas HS Prannoy, a former prime 10 participant, brushed apart Malaysia’s Daren Liew 21-10, 21-10.

Sameer Verma additionally acquired the higher off Brazil’s Ygor Coelho 21-11 21-19, whereas teenager Lakshya Sen shocked Thailand’s World No 18 Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-18, 21-12 to make it to the second spherical.

Prannoy and Praneeth, nonetheless, have a troublesome process at hand as they tackle World No 1 Kento Momota and World No 2 Viktor Axelsen within the second spherical on Thursday.

Whereas prime seed Momota has returned to the worldwide circuit after a horrific automotive accident final yr that noticed him endure a watch surgical procedure, second seed Axelsen has been been in formidable kind, claiming the 2 Tremendous 1000 titles in Thailand, and the Swiss Open.

Sameer, however, can be itching for revenge in opposition to third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark after happening narrowly to him on the Toyota Thailand Open in January.

Lakshya, who had claimed 5 titles in 2019, will face France’s Thomas Rouxel subsequent.

In blended doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy went down 15-21, 17-21 to Denmark’s Rasmus Espersen and Christine Busch within the opening spherical.

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will even be seen in motion later within the day in opposition to Denmark’s Line Christophersen.

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