Asia C’ships: Saina advances to quarterfinals

Saina Nehwal put in a dominant performance against Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol to stroll through to the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championships in Wuhan. P. V. Sindhu, however, exited after a dramatic defeat.

Saina Nehwal dislodged Nitchaon Jindapol in 45 minutes.   -  Sandeep Saxena

Owing to the dramatic reversal, Sindhu's match took an entire hour to finish.   -  K. V. S. Giri (File Photo)

Saina Nehwal, the fifth seed, strolled into the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championships with a 21-14, 21-18 victory over Thiailand's Nitchaon Jindapol. Saina maintained her lead in both games, in a dominant performance that lasted 45 minutes. She is scheduled to face Shixian Wang of China.

P. V. Sindhu, however, suffered a dramatic second round loss after being in a position of dominance against Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, in the Badminton Asia Championships in Wuhan. This spelled an end to her campaign in the ongoing tournament.

After having taken the first game by a comfortable margin of eight points, winning 21-13, Sindhu led all the way through in the second game until at 15-10, she suffered a reversal, as Ying levelled the game en route to winning it 22-20. The momentum worked in her favour as Ying scythed through Sindhu in the deciding game, winning 21-8 and with it the match.

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