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Saina misses PBL opener with Sindhu due to ankle niggle
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Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma with partcipants and officials during the opening ceremony of the Premier Badminton League, in Guwahati on Saturday. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Dec 23 - Star attraction Sania Nehwal of Awadhe Warriors was today ruled out of the third Premier Badminton League opener against Chennai Smashers here as she had not fully recovered from an ankle niggle on the right leg.

Awadhe coach Anup Sridhar is however hopeful that Saina will turn out at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi for their second match against North East Warriors on December 30.

Sridhar said in a statement: “Saina is recovering from a small ankle issue which she had developed few weeks back. She is recovering well and we are expecting her to be fully fit for the next match.”

Saina’s absence on the inaugural day’s match of the PBL meant her high-voltage clash with arch-rival and Chennai Smashers’ P V Sindhu could not take place.

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