No problems for Nehwal at Swiss Open

Top seed Saina Nehwal of India is safely through to the second round of the Swiss Open in Basel.

Nehwal, a two-time champion at this event, was a 21-7, 21-15 winner over Germany’s Karin Schnaase, wrapping up the victory in just 33 minutes.

She moves on to face Kristina Gavnholt of the Czech Republic.

Second seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand was also in action, breezing past Olga Konon of Germany 21-18, 21-11 in just half an hour.

Elsewhere in the women’s draw, Chinese fifth seed Sun Yu defeated Japan’s Minatsu Mitani 21-12, 21-7 to set up a second-round clash with American Rong Schafer.

Indian sixth seed Pusarla V. Sindhu advanced with a 21-19, 21-10 victory over Chloe Magee and moves on to face Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei.

Thai eighth seed Busanan Ongbumrungphan was another winner, 21-15, 21-15 over qualifier Mette Poulsen. She faces another qualifier next in Mia Blichfeldt.

In the men’s draw, second seed Chou Tien Chen had to battle hard to overcome Malaysia’s Zulfadli Zulkiffli, eventually recovering from a game down to triumph 17-21, 21-12, 21-12 in an hour and six minutes and advance to the third round.

Sixth seed Rajov Ouseph of England is through after beating Mattias Borg 21-12, 21-6, and moves on to face 13th seed H.S. Prannoy, who was a 21-16, 21-13 winner over Lars Schaenzler.

Ninth seed Hsu Jen Hao also advanced, 21-14, 21-18 over Pablo Abian, as did Chinese 14th seed Xue Song, who beat Marius Myhre 21-17, 21-15.