Fresh off her golden performance at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, the Indian handled her opponent very well at the net. She hit 16 winners as against nine of Firdasari.
However, on an upsetting note for India, Saina's male counterpart, Arvind Bhat, lost his singles match of the men's team event. Bhat fell to Yu Hsing Hsieh 26-28 21-15 13-21 after a 52 minute battle.
The Chinese Taipei player dished out 22 smash winners against 25 of the Indian.