Saina Nehwal won the first round match at the All England Open Championship. Badminton News – Times of India

Birmingham: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal started it All England Open Championship Straight game campaigns with easy wins Beatrice Corrales of Spain in women’s singles on Wednesday.
Saina, who has been struggling for form for some time, defeated her Spanish rival 21-17, 21-19 in her first round match that lasted 38 minutes.
The 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist Indian, who reached the final here in 2015, will face the winner of the first round match between the second seeds. Akane Yamaguchi Japan and Kristin Cuban Estonia in second round
in men’s singles, B Sai Praneeth Top seeded and lost to Olympic champion viktor axelsen 20-22, 11-21 in the first round match that lasted 48 minutes.
HS Prannoy went down 15-21, 22-24 to last week’s German Open winner Thai player Kunlavut Wittidsern in 56 minutes, while Sameer Verma also lost 18-21, 11-21 to Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands in a 41-minute opening match. Lost. ,
In men’s doubles, fifth seed Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Scottish pair of Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall 21-17, 21-19 in 38 minutes.
But MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila lost 21-15, 12-21, 18-21 to second seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
The other Indian men’s doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala also lost 16-21, 19-21 to German pair of Mark Lamphus and Marvin Seidel in just 37 minutes.
In women’s doubles, Tressa Jolly and Pullela Gayatri Gopichand defeated Thailand’s Benyapa Amsard and Nuntakarn Amsard 17-21, 22-20, 21-14 in one hour and seven minutes to reach the second round.