Saina meets Eriko in revenge match in Swiss Open

Posted By: Pti
Saina Nehwal
New Delhi, Mar 17: Birthday girl Saina Nehwal overcame a spirited challenge from French qualifier Sashina Vignes Waran to set up a second-round clash with Japanese Eriko Hirose in the Wilson Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold in Switzerland here.

World number four Saina, who turned 21 today, shrugged off initial jittery to notch up a 23-21 21-9 victory over Sashina in her campaign opener in the women''s singles last night.

The second seed Indian will now clash with Eriko, who had spoilt her campaign in the All England Championships last week with a straight-game defeat in the quarterfinals in Birmingham. Eriko, meanwhile, beat Judith Meulendijks of the Netherlands in the first round of the Swiss Open.

In the men's singles, Ajay Jayaram will take on 16th seed Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark in the third round after notching up a hard-fought 22-20 22-20 win over Yuhan Tan of Belgium in the second round. Anand Pawar, however, lost to fifth seed Wan Ho Shon of Korea 21-17 15-21 18-21.

India's number one P Kashyap had become a first round casualty after losing 21-10 19-21 19-21 to Sven Eric Kastens of Germany on the opening day.

Commonwealth Games gold medallists pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will take on seventh seeds Japanese combo of Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito in the second round after beating Germany duo of Johanna Goliszewski and Carla Nelte 21-15 21-13.

However, Jwala and V Diju could not conjure up the same magic and lost to eighth seeded Korean pair of Yong Dae Lee and Jung Eun Ha 14-21 9-21 in the second round.

In men's doubles category, Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas beat Michael Fuchs and Oliver Roth 21-19 21-16 and will take on sixth seeds Mads Conrad-Petersen and Jonas Rasmussen of Denmark in the second round.


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Story first published: Friday, March 18, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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