Hongyan gets her revenge on Saina

PI Hongyan exacted revenge for her exit from the knockout stages of the Super Series Masters Finals

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 10, 2009 12:34 am

PI Hongyan exacted revenge for her exit from the knockout stages of the Super Series Masters Finals at the hands of Saina Nehwal mid-December within a month of that shock result.

Playing the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Super Series,the French veteran earned a 21-17,24-26,21-16 victory over the fifth-seeded Indian in 56 minutes,the encounter characterised by long rallies,as Nehwal’s challenge petered out in the final game after a stiff comeback in the second.

“My dribbles kept going out,and I wasn’t too comfortable as my net-game wasn’t too good on this day. I couldn’t move very well either,” Nehwal said. “In the second game,all I was thinking of was winning despite being 16-19 down. I could pull that off and push the match into the decider.”

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