Source: News Bharati English23 Nov 2016 14:33:42

Victoria City, November 23: Today Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of Hong Kong Open Super Series tournament in badminton. After undergoing surgery post the 2016 Rio Olympics and she notched up her first win after making a comeback to the international circuit.

She defeated Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 12-21, 21-19, 21-17 to reach the second round of the Hong Kong Open Super Series. She defeated her Thailand counterpart in a tight three-game affair which lasted for 55 minutes.

Saina, was beaten by Buranaprasertsuk in the first round of the China Super Series Premier earlier this month. Even after that loss Saina had said that she was satisfied with her performance as she had given a tough fight to a top shuttler like Buranaprasertsuk.

Saina continues to be ranked 6th in the world despite her two and half month injury lay-off after the Olympics. She is the highest ranked Indian and is fighting to stay in contention for the year ending BWF Super Series Finals, which has the world’s top 8 players fighting it out for top honours.

PV Sindhu will begin her challenge later today. She will play with Susanto Yosephin of Indonesia. In the Men's section, HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma also advanced to the next stage.