Birmingham: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal made a winning start in the All England Badminton Championship by beating Korean Seung Hee Bae in straight games at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
But the World No. 5 had to overcome a stiff challenge before clinching the first-round match by 21-13, 21-16. She will next play Tzu Ying Tai after the Chinese Taipai shuttler beat Linda Zechiri.
The Indian shuttler made a nervous start to the match before adjusting to the conditions better than her opponent.
Saina's chances of winning the prestigious event got better with two top players - Tine Baun and Yihan Wang pulling out of the tournament on Tuesday. ...more
08:53 AM, Mar 10, 2011