India’s Saina Nehwal booked a place in the quarterfinals of the World Championships after beating Sayaka Takahashi of Japan 21-18 21-14 in the third round of the Badminton World Championships on Thursday.
The opening game saw the Japanese take early control of proceedings as Saina found it difficult to find her groove and went into the break with an 8-point deficit at 3-11. After the interval, the Indian started to find her stripes and began to get back into the match and completed a superb comeback by winning the game 21-18.
After winning the opening game 21-18, Saina continued to pile on the pressure on her opponent in the second game and went into the interval with an 11-9 lead. After the break, Takahashi tried to make a comeback into the match, but at the 13-13 mark, the Indian once again started to assume control of proceedings as she won 3 points on the trot on the trot to go 16-13 up.
She then maintained the advantage over her opponent and eventually closed out the game 21-14 to book a spot in the quarterfinal of the tournament.
Both the Women’s Singles pair have now progressed through to the final 8 of the competition after P V Sindhu pulled off a morale-boosting victory over the third seed Li Xuerui of China in the third round earlier in the day.
Final Scoreline- Saina Nehwal beat Sayaka Takahashi 21-18 21-14Published 13 Aug 2015, 13:17 IST