Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal kicked off her India Open campaign on a promising note as she thrashed Danish player Sofie Holmboe Dahl in straight games in the opening match of the women’s singles event on Wednesday.
The fourth-seeded looked dominant throughout the match as she eased past Holmboe Dahl 21-15, 21-9 in a one-sided clash that lasted for 41 minutes.
Nehwal will now lock horns with Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in the second round.
Meanwhile, Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu also made a winning start by brushing aside Natalia Koch Rohde 21-10, 21-13 in an opening-round encounter that lasted more than 30 minutes.
The top-seed will square off with either India’s Vaidehi Choudhari or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri for a place in the quarterfinals of the tournament.