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Nehwal in 2nd round

Birmingham: Saina Nehwal started her campaign in the All England championship here on Wednesday on a positive note, advancing to the second round of the women’s singles. But it was curtains for Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth in the men’s singles.

Saina notched up an easy 21-15, 21-6 win over Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour in a 32-minute match.        She will now take on Beiwen Zhang of the US in the second round.

Kashyap played his heart out before suffering a 21-14 19-21 17-21 defeat against fifth seed Kenichi Tago of Japan, in a match that lasted for an hour and 15 minutes. Srikanth too could not cross the first hurdle and went down to Japan’s Kento Momota 11-21, 15-21 in another men’s singles match.