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Saina to take on Lan

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal will start her title defence on Wednesday, when she takes on China’s Lan Lu in the first round of the Li Ning Singapore Open Super Series. The world No. 4 Indian would like the match to be a repeat of last week’s Thailand Open first round match. That match saw Saina get the better of L u.

The 21-year-old from Hyderabad is seeded fourth in the event, and might run into former all-England champion, Tine Baun of Denmark, in the quarterfinal.

Meanwhile, young shuttler Arundhati Pantawane qualified for the main draw on Tuesday after two three-game matches tested her stamina and skills. She will play in the main draw of a Super Series event for the first time when she takes on Chinese Taipei’s Tzu Ying Tai on Wednesday.

RMV Gurusai Dutt and Ajay Jayaram perished in the men’s singles qualification round. P Kashyap stares at a first round match against eighth seed Korea’s Park Sung Hwan and if he manages to cross this hurdle, he may face the reigning world champion Chen Jin of China in the second.

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