Wang Yihan ends Saina Nehwal's run at Asian Badminton Championship

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal's solid run at the Asian badminton Championship ended on Saturday.

Wang Yihan ends Saina Nehwal's run at Asian Badminton Championship

New Delhi: Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal's solid run at the Asian badminton Championship ended on Saturday.

Nehwal was brushed aside by China's Wang Yihan 16-21, 14-21 in the semi-finals in Shahghai.

On Friday, the Indian shuttler produced a controlled performance of aggression and caution to beat Wang Shixian of China 21-16 21-19. But Indian ace failed to repeat the performance in the last four clash.

Olympic bronze medallist Saina lost in a 41-minute match for her 11th defeat against the Chinese.

It was yet another semifinal finish for the World No. 8 Indian, having made it to the final four in the Swiss Grand Prix Gold, India Super Series and Malaysia Super Series Premier Open earlier in the year.

Saina was leading 3-0 in the beginning and despite a challenge from Wang, she managed to hang on to a 9-6 lead before the Chinese turned the tables and marched ahead after the interval, and then never looked back.

In the second game, Wang dished out a dominating performance as she opened up a 5-0 lead and continued to surge ahead even as Saina's game crumbled.

This was the last tournament before the Olympic qualification deadline of May 3rd.

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