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Patna : World No 20 Saina Nehwal, 30,  India, entered the 2nd round of Yonex Thailand Lpen, an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1,000 Badminton tournament, on January 13, 2021,defeating World No 92 Kisona Selvaduray, 22, Malaysia, in first round at Bangkok, Thailand.

Saina beat Selvaduray in straight games 21-15, 21-15 in 36 minutes. Saina won 42 rallies in the match to 30 by the Malaysian. She won 5 consecutive points to 4 by Selvaduray. This was the first meeting between the two players.

World World No 7 & 6th seed P V Sindhu, 25, India, the 2019 World Champion, had lost to World No 18 Mia Blichfeldt, 23, Denmark, in three-sets in first round on January 12, 2021, in 74 minutes.