Guangzhou, China, Nov 19 (UNI) Indian hopes suffered a major setback as ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and the experienced Chetan Anand failed to advance beyond the opening round of the China Open Super Series here today.
While Saina was edged out by fifth seed Lin Zhu of China, Chetan suffered a straight sets defeat to Choong Hann Wong of Malaysia.
Saina is enjoying a rich vein of form this year, having reached the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympics and winning two Grand Prix titles.
However, her luck deserted her today as she lost a tough battle 6-21, 21-12, 19-21 in 53 minutes to her determined Chinese opponent.
The Hyderabad based girl struggled to find her rhythm in the opening game as her game was ripped apart by Zhu.
She appeared to have found her groove in the next game but the Chinese emerged triumphant in a well contested final game to clinch the issue.
There was some consolation for Saina as she and her Canadian partner Anna Rice sailed into the doubles second round after thrashing Ying Long and Ka Lei Mak of Macau 21-15, 21-17.
They face a tough challenge in the next round in the form of the fourth seeded Korean pair of Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim.
In the men's section, Chetan cut a sorry figure as he went down 10-21, 14-21 to Choong Hann Wong of Malaysia in just 26 minutes.
Arvind Bhatt kept Indian hopes alive in the men's singles, thumping Wee Chung Pei of Malaysia 21-9, 21-13 to set up a second round clash against Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic.
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