Indian ace Saina Nehwal eased past Busanan Ongbumrungpan from Thailand 21-16, 21-9 in the second round of the 2016 All England Open on Thursday to enter the quarter-final. However, Indian hopes in the men's event were wiped clean after Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma and Sai Praneeth bowed out.
After registering a convincing victory over Michele Li in the opening round yesterday, the 2015 All England Open runner-up continued her successful return from injury with a straight-sets victory over Busanan Ongbumrungpan from Thailand.
Saina, who slipped down to No.3 in the latest world rankings that came out today, started the match with a mistake to give the Thai player the first point of the match. The Indian showed signs of better movement in the next few exchanges to leave behind the memories of the Achilles tendon injury which kept her out of the court for almost two months. Saina continued her style of playing long rallies to keep Busanan Ongbumrungpan from racing ahead with the lead.
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