Saina crashes out of World Championship
London: Saina Nehwal`s quarterfinal jinx in the World Badminton Championship continued as the ace Indian shuttler suffered a straight-game defeat to world number three Wang Xin to crash out of the women`s singles of the prestigious event on Friday.
World number six Saina, who reached the quarterfinals in the last two editions too, had to be contend with yet another last-eight finish as she lost 15-21, 10-21 in a one-sided 30-minute match here.
The 21-year-old Indian was not in her elements today as she struggled with her strokes and also committed too many unforced errors to hand over the match to the former world number one Chinese at the Wembley arena here.
Playing with the breeze in the first game, Saina kept her shuttle up during her serves and took a 4-2 lead, but Xin caught the Indian at the cross court to draw parity before breaking off at 9-9.
Saina faltered with her baseline strokes and also failed to negotiate the sharp shots of the Chinese as Xin registered five straight points to move to 14-9, before holding her fort to grab the first game.
The second game started off with long rallies but Xin soon started attacking as Saina panicked and ended up giving a 4-10 lead to the Chinese.
Even though coach Pullela Gopichand tried to motivate Saina, the gulf could not be bridged as Xin controlled the game while anticipating the shots from the Indian.
Two unforced errors from Xin helped Saina to gain a couple of odd points but with the Indian struggling with her strokes and succumbing to error in judgement, she allowed Xin to seal the issue rather comfortably in the end.
Saina had lost to Xin thrice before but defeated the Chinese in the Sudirman Cup in May.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Ajinkya Rahane to captain India on Zimbabwe tour; Dhoni, Kohli rested
- Kejriwal knew Tomar possessed fake degree, says Yogendra Yadav
- Shiv Sena slams HC order banning erection of pandals on roads
- Top leader of NSCN(K) arrested for Manipur attacks by NIA
- Vijender Singh turns professional boxer, to miss 2016 Rio Olympics
- India vs Zimbabwe: Ajinkya Rahane to lead; MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli rested
- Tihar Jail's security breached: Lt Governor Najeeb Jung orders probe, Centre seeks report
- Chinese military research academy praises India's main battle tank Arjun, says it's 'very good'
- Gangster Abu Salem ready to tie the knot with girl seeking to marry him
- Vijender Singh brings down curtains on India career, turns professional