China Open Series: Saina, Prannoy lose in second round

New Delhi, Nov 16: Saina Nehwal out of China Open Super Series after losing to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 18-21, 11-21.

Star Indian shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal made perfect starts to their campaigns at the China Open Super Series Premier by entering the women's singles second round with straight game wins over their respective rivals here today.

While Saina made short work of USA's Beiwan Zhang, second seed Sindhu had to dig deep to get the better of Sayaka Sato of Japan.

Saina, who recently won the National Championships beating Sindhu in the final, hardly broke a sweat and needed exactly 30 minutes to tame Zhang 21-12, 21-13 in her tournament opener.

Fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi, who beat China's Xiaoxin Chen 21-12, 21-14, meets Saina in the next round. Saina trails Yamaguchi one to three in head-to-head record with their three previous results going in her opponent's favour.

News24Bureau with Agencies