Saina bows out in semis of Asian C’ship

It was yet another semifinal finish for the World No. 8 Indian, having made it to the final four in the Swiss Grand Prix Gold, India Super Series and Malaysia Super Series Premier Open earlier in the year.

Saina was leading 3-0 in the beginning and despite a challenge from Wang, she managed to hang on to a 9-6 lead before the Chinese turned the tables and marched ahead after the interval, and then never looked back.   -  SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

The Indian challenge ended at the Asian Badminton Championship after Saina Nehwal suffered a straight-game defeat against local favourite Yihan Wang in the semifinal of the women’s singles, here on Saturday.

Olympic bronze medallist Saina lost 16-21, 14-21 to sixth seed Wang in a 41-minute match to register her 11th defeat against the Chinese.

It was yet another semifinal finish for the World No. 8 Indian, having made it to the final four in the Swiss Grand Prix Gold, India Super Series and Malaysia Super Series Premier Open earlier in the year.

Saina was leading 3-0 in the beginning and despite a challenge from Wang, she managed to hang on to a 9-6 lead before the Chinese turned the tables and marched ahead after the interval, and then never looked back.

In the second game, Wang dished out a dominating performance as she opened up a 5-0 lead and continued to surge ahead even as Saina’s game crumbled.

This was the last tournament before the Olympic qualification deadline of May 3.

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