Zee Media Bureau
Copenhagen: India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the World Badminton Championships losing to her familiar foe, Chinese Li Xuerui in the quarter-final.
On Friday, world number seven from Hyderabad failed succumbed to a straight set 15-21, 15-21 defeat by top-ranked Li Xuerui at the Ballerup Super Arena. It was their tenth meeting and the Chinese has won eight times. The last time Nehwal beat Li was more than two years ago, at the Super Series event in Jakarta.
Before the match, both the players were involved in a sharp exchange of words. After her hard-fought victory over Japan's Sayaka Takahashi, Nehwal called for a change in the entry regulations should be changed to help reduce China's monopoly of titles. She said, "When so many Chinese are playing against one player they can work you out. It would be better if three players per country should be allowed, not four."
To which, Li responded saying “Let Saina beat me first and then we'll talk. Even if there are only three players per country, if she is not strong enough she can't win. This is her own problem."
Later today, PV Sindhu will play her quarter-final match against World No.2 Shixian Wang of China.