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CWG 2018: Saina, Srikanth take rampaging form to singles, easy win for Sindhu

Despite being exhausted due to playing the entire team event, second seed Saina Nehwal took a mere 18 minutes to dispatch Elsie de Villiers of South Africa 21-3, 21-1 in the round of 32 at the Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: April 11, 2018 16:23 IST ]
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Saina Nehwal plays against Elsie de Villiers during their women's singles badminton match at Carrara Sports Arena

Fit-again top seed P V Sindhu led the charge as Indian shuttlers made short work of their respective rivals to enter pre-quarterfinals of the singles competition in the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. Sindhu, who sat out of the gold-winning team campaign because of an ankle injury, took just 18 minutes to oust Fiji's Andra Whiteside 21-6 21-3 in her first match of the competition.

"It has been pretty easy today. I hope that it continues tomorrow. I am better and totally fine, so it is really exciting," she said and thanked the crowd for making her feel at home in a foreign land with its vociferous support.

Second seed Saina Nehwal, despite being exhausted considerably due to playing the entire team event, also took a mere 18 minutes to dispatch Elsie de Villiers of South Africa 21-3 21-1 in the round of 32 at the Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre.

The Olympic bronze-medallist was as sharp as she is at her best and showed no hint of exhaustion during the match.

"It has been a long week. I just want to be focused and enjoy the tournament. The plus point is I have been playing on this court. When you play somewhere for a week or two you get used to the conditions, so I think that is what happened," she said.

Ruthivika Gadde too ensured that she wrapped up her match 18 minutes, sending Ghana's Grace Atipaka out of the competition with a 21-5 21-7 triumph. 

In the men's draw, K Srikanth was also quite clinical as he got past Mauritian Aatish Lubah 21-13, 21-10.

"It was a good match and a good start to the individual event. I am really happy for the way it went, and I want to keep doing it," he said. 

Just like their dominant show in the team competition, the Indian shuttlers are expected to sweep the individual events.

(With PTI Inputs)

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