Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu advance to next round of Rio Olympics 2016: Shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made winning starts in their women’s and men’s singles badminton campaign, whereas the mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna advanced to the quarterfinal. These were the only winners in India’s Olympic contingent on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.

Sindhu marked the start of badminton at the Games with a facile win in the women’s individual competition. She brushed aside her opponent Laura Sarosi of Hungary 21-8, 21-9, starting off on a superb note and managing to hold onto the advantage.

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal

London Games bronze-medallist Saina also started her campaign on a resounding note, seeing off the Brazil’s Lohaynny Vicente challenge 21-17, 21-17 in straight games in the Group G match.

Capping off a successful day for Indian shuttlers was Srikanth, who registered a straight-set win against Mexico’s Lino Munoz (21-11, 21-17) in his first ever Olympics match.

PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal won their opening match in women’s badminton singles competition of Rio Olympics 2016. Nehwal, who is eyeing another medal after a bronze she won at London Games in 2012, edged past Brazil’s Lohaynny Vicente 21-17 21-17. PV Sindhu also won her first round match.

Star shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu were the lone bright spots along with the mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna as India endured another dismal day at the ongoing Rio Olympics here.

The news from India’s other badminton events was disappointing, with both the women’s and men’s doubles pairs beaten in straight games. First, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost their Group A match to Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi 15-21, 10-21. The No 1 seeds wrapped up the win in just 38 minutes, sending Gutta and Ponnapa into their next match against the Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek on Friday needing to win to remain in contention for the next round. Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Atri were beaten by Indonesia’s Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ashan 21-18 (in 18 minutes), 21-13 (in 14 minutes).