New Delhi: Indian challenge ended in the
Thailand Open Grand Prix after ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and
two others suffered contrasting defeats in the quarter-finals
at Bangkok on Friday.
Top seed Saina failed to live upto her reputation and
lost 13-21, 12-21 to seventh seed Xuerui Li of China in a half
an hour women`s singles encounter.
Among Indian men, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist P
Kashyap and promising shuttler Sourabh Verma also failed to
cross the quarter-final hurdle at the CU Sport Complex.
Up against top seed Chinese Chen Long, Kashyap found the
going tough and suffered a 18-21, 5-21 loss.
The 20-year-old Sourabh, however, put up a brave fight
against third seed Korean Sung Hwan Park before going down
21-16, 16-21, 11-21 in a match that lasted more than an hour.
Earlier, World number four Saina couldn`t provide a fight
to Xuerui and was left to do the catch up act right from the
Xuerui was always ahead of the Indian and comfortably
pocketed the first game.
In the second game, Saina had opened a narrow 2-0 lead
but the Chinese drew parity at 4-4 and moved to 9-5 and though
Saina caught up at 10-10, her opponent broke free and sealed