Saina Nehwal through to the Quarterfinal of Australian Open Superseries
Saina is now the only Indian remaining in the Australian Open following losses by Srikanth, Gutta and Ponnappa today.
World No.1 and London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal reached the quarter-finals while men's singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa crashed out in the second round of the $750,000 Australian Open Super Series.
Saina Nehwal got the better of the young Chinese shuttler Su Yun 21-19 19-21 21-14 in a 78 minute clash.Second seeded Saina was made to work hard by the World ranked 9 Chinese shuttler before the Indian used all her experience to wrap up the issue in her favour and advance to the final eight.
Saina started the match on a postive note as she took a strong five points lead before the mid game interval of the opening game.Trailing by 13-17, Su made a good comeback as she grabbed the next three points in a row to shorten the lead but Saina was in no mood to make the game any more interesting as she clicnhed the first game oppoirtunity to close the game by a scoreline of 21-19.
Second game was a lot similar to the first game as Saina again took a six point lead in the initial stages but Su Yn made a remarkable comeback as she grabbed few points in a row to back level the scores.From 19- all Su won the next two points to pocket the game 19-21.
Saina controlled the third game from the start, relying on a strong array of strokes and sharp movement inside the court, the 25-year old Indian badminton star enjoyed 11-3 lead at the break. With such a huge lead Saina Nehwal faced absoultely no difficulty in closing the game and the match.
Saina will now take on the World ranked 6 Wang Shixian of China for a place in semis. Saina has a win-loss record of 6-5 against her Chinese rival.