Saina advances to All England Championships

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Hyderabad: Fighting nerves and the drift, fifth seed Saina Nehwal warmed up for  the tougher tasks ahead with a first-round victory over Seung Hee Bae of Korea 21-13, 21-16, even as most of her compatriots were shown the door at the All England Open badminton championships in Birmingham on March 9.

“It was indeed a tough match. Usually we see the shuttle drifting only to one side but surprisingly, there was drift on both sides here. It was really difficult to adjust,” Saina said.  She is expecting tougher challenge in the second round against Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei.

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