India star Nehwal off to winning start, team lose

GUANGZHOU — India’s world number three Saina Nehwal powered to a winning start at the Asian Games Saturday, beating Indonesia’s Adriyanti Firdasari in the women’s badminton team event.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sat 13 Nov 2010, 12:23 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:00 AM

Nehwal, who captured gold in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of her home Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last month, won her match 21-16, 21-17, but it was not enough to prevent her team from going down 3-2 overall.

“I don’t want to think much about it,” said the 20-year-old from Hyderabad, looking ahead to the singles action, where she is one of the favourites to take gold.

“I just want to take one game at a time and do my best.”

Nehwal was the first Indian woman to win a Super Series title and the first ever to climb as high as she has in the world.

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