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Saina, Sindhu enter second round

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SHAH ALAM (MALAYSIA), April 6: Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu entered the women�s second round but it turned out to be a disappointing day for the Indian men shuttlers as two of them made an early exit at the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier here today.

After a semifinal finish at the India Open last week, Saina made a positive start to her campaign at the USD 550,000 event here as she notched up her sixth win over Thailand�s Nitchaon Jindapol 21-16, 21-7 in 30 minutes.

The 26-year-old Indian, seeded third, will next meet Korea�s Bae Yeon Ju, who had ended Sindhu�s campaign last week in New Delhi. Sixth seed Sindhu beat He Bingjiao of China 21-16, 21-17 in a 40-minute women�s singles first round match to avenge her defeat to the same opponent in the 2015 Indonesian Masters and 2016 Swiss Open.

The two-time bronze medallist at World Championship, Sindhu will next take on Korean Sung Ji Hyun, seeded seventh, who had lost to Saina in India Open last week.

However in the men�s singles, Rio Olympics hopefuls HS Prannoy and K Srikanth failed to cross the opening hurdle.

Srikanth, who failed to defend his title at India Open last week after going down to China�s Tian Houwei in the opening round, continued to find the going tough in super series events. � PTI

Ponting wants to coach Australian team

Melbourne, April 6: Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting on Wednesday expressed a desire to work with Australia�s current crop of Test batsmen, suggesting helming the national team in the future is something that appealed to him.

�I would love to be working with (David) Warner and (Steve) Smith along with some of the young guns like (Usman) Khawaja and (Joe) Burns � that will be a lot of fun,� the three-time World Cup winner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

�I know I will thoroughly enjoy it, but right now I have the Big Bash commentary and two months with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The rest of the time I like to spend time with my family.�

But Ponting ruled out taking up a consultancy role and will only accept an offer that had �continuity�.

But he didn�t reveal any time frame for the coaching job with Australia, but hinted it might be only after 2019 World Cup.

�To be honest, I have not thought that far ahead (to 2019), (but) thinking about it now, my family will be a lot older, the girls will be nearly teenagers then so maybe I�ll want to be getting out of the house (laughs),� he said. � IANS

�I love everything about being involved with a team. That is what my life has been about - it is about being in cricket changing rooms and trying to figure out ways to be a better player, or as a coach now I�m always trying to find ways of improving others.�

�If I can improve as a coach this year and I can improve the players, that is a step in the right direction,� he concluded. � IANS

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Saina, Sindhu enter second round

SHAH ALAM (MALAYSIA), April 6: Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu entered the women�s second round but it turned out to be a disappointing day for the Indian men shuttlers as two of them made an early exit at the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier here today.

After a semifinal finish at the India Open last week, Saina made a positive start to her campaign at the USD 550,000 event here as she notched up her sixth win over Thailand�s Nitchaon Jindapol 21-16, 21-7 in 30 minutes.

The 26-year-old Indian, seeded third, will next meet Korea�s Bae Yeon Ju, who had ended Sindhu�s campaign last week in New Delhi. Sixth seed Sindhu beat He Bingjiao of China 21-16, 21-17 in a 40-minute women�s singles first round match to avenge her defeat to the same opponent in the 2015 Indonesian Masters and 2016 Swiss Open.

The two-time bronze medallist at World Championship, Sindhu will next take on Korean Sung Ji Hyun, seeded seventh, who had lost to Saina in India Open last week.

However in the men�s singles, Rio Olympics hopefuls HS Prannoy and K Srikanth failed to cross the opening hurdle.

Srikanth, who failed to defend his title at India Open last week after going down to China�s Tian Houwei in the opening round, continued to find the going tough in super series events. � PTI

Ponting wants to coach Australian team

Melbourne, April 6: Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting on Wednesday expressed a desire to work with Australia�s current crop of Test batsmen, suggesting helming the national team in the future is something that appealed to him.

�I would love to be working with (David) Warner and (Steve) Smith along with some of the young guns like (Usman) Khawaja and (Joe) Burns � that will be a lot of fun,� the three-time World Cup winner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

�I know I will thoroughly enjoy it, but right now I have the Big Bash commentary and two months with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The rest of the time I like to spend time with my family.�

But Ponting ruled out taking up a consultancy role and will only accept an offer that had �continuity�.

But he didn�t reveal any time frame for the coaching job with Australia, but hinted it might be only after 2019 World Cup.

�To be honest, I have not thought that far ahead (to 2019), (but) thinking about it now, my family will be a lot older, the girls will be nearly teenagers then so maybe I�ll want to be getting out of the house (laughs),� he said. � IANS

�I love everything about being involved with a team. That is what my life has been about - it is about being in cricket changing rooms and trying to figure out ways to be a better player, or as a coach now I�m always trying to find ways of improving others.�

�If I can improve as a coach this year and I can improve the players, that is a step in the right direction,� he concluded. � IANS

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