Saina Nehwal thrashed Swiss Sabrina Jaquet in straight games in a group stage opening match on Sunday. The world number five was too good for the 65th ranked Swiss as she took just 22 minutes to complete a 21-9 21-4 victory at the Wembley arena. The 22-year-old,who had reached the quarterfinals in her Olympic debut at Beijing,will take on Lianne Tan of Belgium in another group E match on Monday.
However,it was curtains for Jwala Gutta and V Diju in the mixed doubles category as they lost their second straight match of the group stage to Denmarks Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-12 21-16.
Deepika & Co. out
The archery trio of world No.1 Deepika Kumari,L Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro lost to Denmark by a point in a see-saw pre-quarterfinal battle at Lords. The Indians went down 210-211 to Louise Laursen,Maja Jager and Carina Christiansen.
The Danes hit the bulls-eye thrice against one by the Indians. Bombayla kept the team in the hunt till the end but Swuro fired a poor 5 and then a 6 to let the team down. The Indians won the first and the last sets,but the Danes held the overall lead.
Soumyajit loses 1-4
Indian challenge in TT came to an end as Soumyajit Ghosh lost 1-4 to North Koreas Hyok Bong Kim in a second round match. The 19-year-old lost 11-9 6-11 5-11 9-11 and 7-11 at the ExCel centre. It took the Korean just 25 minutes to see off the debutante Indian.
Pistol shooters misfire
Indian shooters continued to misfire as Heena Sidhu and Annu Raj Singh bowed out of the womens 10m air pistol event after failing to qualify for the finals. Heena came close after finishing 12th with a score of 382 while Annu Raj ended 23rd.
Somdev out,Vardhan In
In a rain interrupted match,Somdev Devvarman lost 3-6 1-6 to Finlands Jarkko Nieminen. India has another singles entry as Vishnu Vardhan replaced injured Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. Vardhan was the highest ranked (302) player available who did not flout the ITF rule of allowing only four players per country in the singles draw.