Jakarta, June 13: India’s top badminton player Saina Nehwal on Tuesday entered the pre-quarters round of the Indonesia Open after registering a 17-21, 21-18, 21-12 win against Thailand's world No. 8 Ratchanok Intanon in Jakarta. It was a hard fought win for Saina in a match that lasted for 57 minutes.
Saina started the game steadily and took the lead of 4-0 in the first set and extended further to 6-2 before leading 11-9 at the changeover. However, Intanon did a strong comeback and earned six points back to back to close out the game after a strong win.
The second game was more competitive as Intanon stayed within touching distance of Saina, who led from the early stages of the game and held on to force a decider. However, Saina was in complete control in the third game as she led 11-6 at the changeover before winning the match comfortably.
On the other side, the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy exited the tournament after losing 12-21, 9-21 in the first round to Indonesia's Irfan Fadhilah and Weni Anggraini.
Earlier in the tournament, India’s rising men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty registered a comprehensive win to enter the main draw of the Indonesia Open Superseries Premier badminton. Satwik and Chirag defeated Indonesian pair of Altof Barriq and Reinard Dhanriano 22-20, 21-9 in 30 minutes in the first qualifying match.