Indian hopes received a major blow when shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out of Malaysia Open 2019 on Wednesday.
Returning to the court after a being out of action for a while, Saina Nehwal lost to World No.21 Pornpawee Chochuwong in the first round of the ongoing Malaysia Open, a World Series Super 750 tournament.
Saina, playing her first match since withdrawing from Swiss Open due to acute gastroenteritis, didn't show the stomach for fight and went down to Chochuwong 22-20, 15-21, 10-21 in 54 minutes in the women's single match.
Saina was returning to action after having missed the Swiss Open and India Open in order to recover from acute gastroenteritis, a condition through which she played the All England Open last month.
Saina has played Chochuwong five times in the BWF tour. But Wednesday's win was the Thai's first over the Indian. On Wednesday, she still seemed to be carrying some effects of her long illness.
The journey of men's doubles pair Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy also ended as they lost their first round match.