NAGPUR: The top women’s singles shuttler amd World no.2 Saina Nehwal pulled out of the prestigious Hong Kong Open 2015 and $350,000 tournament at the last moment.
Saina earlier had felt pain in her leg while playing her China Open final against the Chinese Olympic champion Li Xuerui itself and was forced to withdraw from Hong Kong.
Saina’s father Harvir Singh confirmed the news. “She was having some pain and could not move properly against Li in the final on Sunday. After the final, she could not even walk properly. Saina and her coach Vimal Kumar requested Badminton Association of India (BAI) to withdraw her entry from the tournament. Her name was there in the draw but they have withdrawn it today (Monday). She will come back to Hyderabad soon,” said Saina’s father.
Now Saina, out of Hong Kong Open 2015, P.V. Sindhu will lead the Indian women’s challenge.
P.V. Sindhu has got a tough draw as she is playing the top seed and reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the first round.
Sindhu has a lead between the two for a head to head record of 3-2.
It is noteable that Sindhu won against Carolin Marin in the Denmark Open last month.
The prestigious event will begin at the Hong Kong Coliseum on Tuesday.