Saina Nehwal, after her victory in the second round, was facing a much better opponent in the quarter final match of the tournament. Ratchanok Inthanon from Thailand is a three time world junior champion and current world no.10. She is young and energetic, a character who can cause upsets. Saina was playing with ease with a 4 point lead against Inthanon 11-7 but the young lady fought back well and picked three points in a row to make it 20-20. But Saina was aware of what she was doing and finished the set with a excellent smash with 22-20 margin.
Saina started the second set with a 4-0 lead and again the opponent fought back with force. She was looking dangerous and was matching Saina’s brilliance at the nets. However, the experience of Saina played a part in the game play as she won another match in straight sets 22-20, 22-20. With this win, the Olympic bronze medalist is two steps away from getting more pride for one billion souls.
All the best saina !