Saina Nehwal sailed into the second round of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament with a convincing win over Belgium’s Lianne Tan. The London Olympics bronze medallist beat Tan 21-15 21-17 in just 36 minutes of action.
In other matches, shuttlers B Sai Praneeth and the seasoned Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
Praneeth made a first-round exit after going down tamely to Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke 11-21 15-21. Srikanth lost his second seed encounter to Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen 17-21 5-21 in only 30 minutes.