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Saina Nehwal loses in the quarter-finals of the 2014 All England Badminton Championships

Modified 08 Mar 2014, 14:42 IST


Star Indian shuttler and World No. 7 Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Yonex All England Badminton Championships after losing her quarter-final match to World number 4 Chinese shuttler Wang Shixian.

Wang Shixian thrashed the Olympic bronze medalist Indian shuttler 17-21, 10-21 in a match which lasted for just 43 minutes.

The 23-year old Indian shuttler, who had a win-loss record of 4-2 against the Chinese ace, started the match on a bad note as she trailed by five points in the early part of the first game. This gap kept on widening as Wang reeled off four points in quick succession when the scores were 6-3 in her favour and thus taking a huge lead of seven points.

Even after the mid-game interval, the Chinese shuttler didn’t give her opponent a single chance to come close. Saina, who was seven game points down at one stage managed to save four of them but was unable to save the next one and hence lost the opening game 17-21.

Second game was a totally one-sided affair as Saina Nehwal was completely outplayed by her Chinese opponent in almost all aspects of the game.

After taking the initial lead, Wang simply kept on moving ahead and opened up a massive gap. She eventually sealed the second game with ease, even without breaking a single drop of sweat.

Wang Shixian will now play the Olympic silver medallist and World No. 2 Wang Yihan for a place in the final. Wang defeated South Korean shuttler Yeon Ju Bae 21-13, 21-8 in 41 minutes.

Saina will next play the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold tournament which startsfrom 11th March in the city of Basel.

Published 08 Mar 2014, 14:42 IST
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