Beijing, Aug 10: Saina Nehwal, the Indian shuttler advances to pre-quarterfinals of women's singles event at the Beijing Olympics. Beating Ukrainian Larysa Gryga in straight games (21-18 21-10 21-18 21-10) Saina entered to the women's singles pre-quarterfinals of the badminton competition at the Olympic Games on Sunday, Aug 10.
She would now be up against the winner of the match between world number three Hong Kong's Chen Wang and Slovakia's Eva Sladekova. Unlike the easy first-round win, the national champion was up for a tough challenge on Sunday and the first game went neck-and-neck before Saina edged past to grab the lead. The Indian seemed more at ease with the hot and humid conditions in the Chinese capital compared to Gryga, who found it tough to maintain her energy levels in the second game and gave up rather timidly.