Saina, Srikanth, Manu-Sumeeth lose in Denmark Open
Odense, Oct 15 (IANS) Leading Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and the men’s doubles pair of Manu Atri and B. Sumeeth Reddy crashed out in the second round of the $650,000 Denmark Open Superseries Premier here on Thursday.
World No.1 and top seeded Saina was stunned by unseeded Japanese Minatsu Mitani 18-21, 13-21. With this win in 39 minutes, 2014 World Championships bronze medallist and world No.18 Minatsu improved her head-to-head record to 4-5 against the 2015 World Championships silver medallist and 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist from Hyderabad.
Fifth seed Srikanth lost against Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto 15-21, 17-21 in 39 minutes at the Odense Sports Park. With this win, world No.12 Sugiarto took a 2-1 lead in career meetings against the Guntur-born Srikanth. World No.20 pair of Manu-Sumeeth gave a valiant fight before losing to Chinese Taipei’s Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin 19-21, 22-20, 19-21 in 51 minutes. With these losses, India’s campaign ended in the men’s competitions.
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