Macau, 30 Nov: The men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Chan Alan Yun Lung and Li Kuen Hon of Hong Kong in three games 21-11, 17-21, 21-9 at the $120,000 Macau Grand Prix Gold at Macau on Wednesday.
The Indian pair seeded third here, will face Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya of Singapore in the next round.
In women’s singles, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal beat Indonesia’s Hanna Ramadini in the opening round.
The former World No. 1 was initially trailing 2-5 against the world no. 44, gradually clawed her way back in the opening game to reduce the deficit before restoring parity at 17-17. With none of the players willing to give in the score soon became 20 – 20. Saina lost the first game 21-23 in 24 minutes.
In the second game Saina took an early lead to race to a 9 – 3 lead. At break, she was leading 11 – 6. Saina brought all her experience in to play to close out the second game 21-14 with relative ease.
In the decider, Saina continued her domination to lead 11 – 6 at the break. In the end, the Indian put too good for her Indonesian opponent as she won the third game 21 – 18 to move into the third round.