World No.3 Saina Nehwal moved into the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open with a straight games win over Hsu Ya Ching of Chinese Taipei. The 25-year-old defeated her opponent 21-13 21-15 in 37 minutes to book a place in the quarters.
Game 1 saw both players go toe-to-toe but it was Saina, who broke the deadlock at 6-6 mark and took a significant lead after that, winning 5 points on the trot to take an 11-6 lead at the break. The other side of the break saw Sania continue to chip away with the points and she eventually won the game 21-13.
Game 2 saw the India take an early 5-2 lead, but Hsu tried to make a comeback, winning 4 out of the next 7 points and making it 8-6, albeit in Saina’s favour. But just when one thought, she would go ahead and take the lead, Saina bounced back to win 3 points on the trot to go 11-8 in front.
The next couple of points saw both players go toe-to-toe and at the 13-10 mark, Hsu won a possible match-turning 5 points on the trot to take a 14-13 lead. But Saina stepped up to the plate and won the next 2 points to take the lead and then carried to finish the job by winning 6 out of the next 7 points and progressing through to the quarters.
Saina will face Wang Shixian of China, in a repeat of last week’s Australian Open match.Published 04 Jun 2015, 18:01 IST