Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Sania Nehwal notched up contrasting wins to advance to the second round of the Asia Badminton Championship Wednesday. Olympic and world championship silver medallist Sindhu eased past Takahashi Sayaka of Japan in straight games. Sindhu looked in command from the beginning and registered a thumping 21-14 21-7 victory in just 28 minutes.
The fourth seed Indian will next face Choirunnisa of Indonesia. World number nine Saina had to work hard in her bid to get the better of China’s Han Yue. The seventh seed Indian came back strongly to pull off a thrilling 12-21 21-11 21-17 win after conceding the first game. The London Olympic bronze medallist will next square off against Kim Ga Eun of South Korea.