Returning to the court after a two-month break, Saina Nehwal began her campaign in style, reaching the second round with a straight-game victory over Yeon Ju Bae of Korea at the Denmark Open here on Wednesday.

The London Olympics bronze medallist prevailed 21-17, 21-17 over Bae in a 39-minute women’s singles match.

In the men’s singles first round, qualifier Anand Pawar put up a fight against fifth-seeded Sho Sasaki before going down 14-21, 21-15, 21-11 in a 54-minute match.

Tarun Kona and Arun Vishnu also fell in the first hurdle, losing 20-22, 19-21 to Indonesian pair of Angga Pratama and Ryan Agung Saputra in the men’s doubles.

Saina, ranked fourth in the world, took time to get off the mark and was behind 1-4 initially.

But, she soon found her rhythm to make it 7-7.

Both players were fighting tooth and nail till 17-17 before the Indian raised her game to reel off four straight points to pocket the first game.

In the second game, Saina opened up a 5-1 lead and kept her nose ahead throughout to cruise to the second round.

Saina will take on Japan’s Minatsu Mitani in the second round on Thursday.


Saina reaches quarterfinals of Denmark Open October 18, 2012

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