Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth on Wednesday suffered first round losses in the Denmark Open women’s and men’s singles competitions on Wednesday. Saina continued with her struggling form, losing to Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi 15-21 21-23 in the match that lasted 37 minutes to crash out of the USD 775,000 tournament. The 29-year-old London Olympics bronze medallist was the runner-up last year.
World number 8 Saina has been going through a tough phase with fitness issues since claiming the Indonesia Masters in January. She had also made first-round exits at the China Open and Korea Open earlier this year.
World number 12 Takahashi had defeated Saina the last time they met at the Thailand Open in August.