Malvika gets better of Samiya, sets up 2nd Rd clash with Saina
   Date :13-Jan-2022

Sports Reporter :
HAVING cleared the first round rather easily, city’s top shuttler Malvika Bansod will perhaps play the biggest match of her career when she takes on London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal in second round of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open. India Open, organised by the Badminton Association of India (BAI), is part of the HSBC BWF World Tour 500 tournament series. On Wednesday at KD Jadhav Indoor Hall of the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, Malvika got the better of Samiya Imad Farooqui 21-18, 21-9 in the match that lasted 34 minutes. One of the most talented youngsters, left-handed Malvika, who recently won the All India Senior ranking meet in Hyderabad, struggled to take control of the rallies in the opening game against Samiya, who ran her close till the first mid-game interval. But just when it looked like the match could go down the wire, city lass got more aggressive and pocketed the first game.
She kept hold of the momentum going into the second game and posted an easy victory. On her first round match, Malvika said, “Both of us started well but I found my rhythm later in the first game after 7-8 points. At the first game point, I made a few silly errors but managed to cover up those and finished the game well. “I have played her in Uber and Sudirman Cup trials and I was confident going into the match. She played well in the first game and I upped my level in the second game. I had a big lead in the second game and I succeeded in maintaining it.” City’s doubles player Ritika Thaker will also be playing her women’s doubles second round match on Thursday. After their morale boosting first round win, Ritika and her Mumbai partner Simran Singhi will play against another Indian pair of Deeksha Choudhary and Yashica Jakhar.
Bansod ‘excited’ to play Nehwal Malvika will take on Indian legend Saina Nehwal in the second round on Thursday. The youngster, elated after her first round win, said she was ‘excited’ to play fourth seed Nehwal. “I am very excited to play against Saina. This will be my first encounter with her and I am really looking forward to playing with her,” said a confident Malvika on the big match.