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Saina got a tough competition from the Brazilian shuttler. Lohaynny being 5-9 down, fought back levelling the game at 10-10. saina just edged past the mid-game interval with a one point lead.
The 20-year-old local hope then fought neck-to-neck with the former world No.1. At 17-17 level, the Indian took four points on the trot and clinched the first game 21-17 in a well-battled 20 minutes.
In the early minutes of the second game, Saina started to build her dominance in the court taking a 11-5 lead to the mid-game interval.
Saina will be playing her next match on Sunday against Maria Ulitina of Ukraine.