Saili, Sara make it to main draw; Sindhu wins

Sindhu thrashed Rucha Nikam 21-6, 21-9 in 14 minutes, while Juhi beat Shivalaya Gupta 21-19, 21-11 in 20 minutes at the UPBA Academy here to make it to the main draw.

Sara was supposed to play her qualifying match against Saili Rane of Maharashtra but a last minute withdrawal by a Nepali shuttler cleared her and Rane’s ways to the main draw.

Another Indian, Rachita Sahdev, also qualified for the main draw after getting a bye.
The main draw of the six-day USD 50,000 tournament starts on Wednesday with top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Chetan Anand in the fray.

However, the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju, who were top seeded here, withdrew last evening owing to the Hyderabadi girl’s foot infection.

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