Saarbrücken (Germany), October 28
Indian shuttler Malvika Bansod suffered a straight-game loss to Kristin Kuuba of Estonia in the women’s singles opening round of the SaarLorLux Open Super 100 tournament here on Wednesday.
Playing her first match since the coronavirus-forced break, the 19-year-old Indian’s campaign lasted a little over half an hour as she went down 12-21 19-21 to Kristin.
Malvika, who had won back-to-back titles in senior circuit last year, was no match to her experienced opponent as Kristin opened up a solid lead of 11-4 at the break and kept moving ahead to pocket the game.
In the second game, Malvika gave a better account of herself as she was 10-11 at the interval. After the breather, she grabbed five points on the trot to lead 17-15 but Kristin came back strongly to seal the match. PTI