| Saina Nehwal |
Paris: Indian shuttlers had a bad day in office at the French Super Series with Saina Nehwal and three others crashing out in the second round, here, on Thursday.
Saina, seeded fourth, was shocked 22-10, 15-21, 20-22 by Yeon Ju Bae of Korea in an hour and 11 minutes.
PV Sindhu, too, failed to clear the second hurdle, losing to Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland.
World No. 11 Sindhu, who stunned world No. 6 Ji Hyun Sung of Korea in straight games in the opening round, lost 21-10, 19-21, 16-21 to 30th ranked Gilmour in a keenly-contested match that lasted exactly an hour.
In men’s singles, K. Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram also bowed out in the second round.
Young Srikanth gave sixth seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand a tough time before going down. Srikanth fought valiantly for 58 minutes against the seasoned Ponsana before losing 21-15, 18-21, 15-21.
Jayaram lost to top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia. It was a creditable performance by Jayaram against the highly-rated Lee Chong Wei, who had to dig deep into his reserves to seal a 21-18, 21-18 win and secure his place in the quarter finals.
Earlier, Saina fought her way back from a game down to win her opening-round match, while compatriot PV Sindhu crushed her opponent to storm into the second round.
Sindhu beat world No. 6 Ji Hyun Sung of Korea 21-8, 21-12.
Saina lost the first game but rallied in a fine fashion to beat unseeded Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand 12-21, 21-16, 21-13.
The Thai girl matched her fancied Indian opponent in smash and net play. Saina won most of the points through rallies.
Saina was a little rusty at the beginning, as her Thai opponent did not allow her to take the lead throughout the first game. It was a close contest till 13-10 before Jindapon won four points on the trot to take the first game.
The second game was a tense affair till midway, with the Thai refusing to yield to Saina. They were tied at 12-12, but the Indian surged ahead and won five points on the trot from 14-13 to run away with the second game and take the match to the decider.