Saina Nehwal bows out of Indonesia Open Super Series

The ace shuttler bowed out of the women's singles event after going down to China's World No. 1 Li Xuerui.

By: Press Trust of India | Jakarta | Published:June 20, 2014 8:57 pm
Saina, seeded eighth, lost 20-22 15-21 to the Chinese shuttler in 44 minutes. (Source: IE File Photo) Saina, seeded eighth, lost 20-22 15-21 to Li Xuerui in 44 minutes in the quarterfinals. (Source: IE File Photo)

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal bowed out of the women’s singles event of the USD 750,000 Indonesia Open Super Series after going down to China’s World No. 1 Li Xuerui in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Saina, seeded eighth, lost 20-22 15-21 to the Chinese shuttler in 44 minutes. With this victory, the top-seeded reigning Olympic champion has now extended her record against Saina to 7-2.

The Olympic bronze medallist Saina gave a tough fight to her opponent in the opening game but failed to keep up the momentum in the second and went down tamely.

The first game saw both players exchanging the lead a few times before they were tied at 5-5. Xuerui, the All England champion, then surged ahead to open up a 10-6 lead.

Saina, however, fought back, bagging four consecutive points to catch up her rival at 10-10.

From being tied at 12-12, the Chinese time and again took slight edge, but the shuttler from Hyderabad kept clawing back and made it 20-20.

But just when it mattered the most, Xuerui managed to bag two crucial points to grab the first game at 22-20.

Saina completely ran out of steam in the second game as she even failed to pose a challenge to her higher ranked opponent, even as the Chinese put up a dominating show.

Xuerui first opened up a 5-2 lead and thereafter just went on extending it to finally wrap up the match in her favour comfortably.

Xuerui will next take on the Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand in the semifinals.

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    Deepak
    Jun 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm
    Thats exactly my point. She is the best Indian womens Badminton player. No one is disputing that. But how does that make Chinese players scared of her. Rachanok Intanon beat Li Xuerui to win world championship last year. She never said I am a dragon slayor. My problem is big mouth not bad performance. Saina has long way to go. She is famius becoz u rightly no other Indian player ever did what she did, but many average world players have won an Olympic bronze and never won world championships. Infact Saina has never crossed QF in world championship. Little bit of modesty is expected. She is in top 10 which is great but no one is scared of her outside India. thats my humble point. thank you.
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      Deepak
      Jun 23, 2014 at 4:37 am
      saina loses comprehensively to chinese players more often than not. still she said chinese are scared of her. she must be regretting her statement so badly. 8-1 against Yihan & now 7-2 aganst Xuerui. Thats 3 matches in 15 against chinese. wow, chinese must be shivering looking at this record, but not with fear, but big laughter.
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        Ramesh Singh
        Jun 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm
        Li Xuerui (2012 Olympic gold medalist) & Wang Yihan (2012 Olympic silver medalist) are ranked 1st & 3rd respectively in the world. And all other players struggle against them. They dominate Saina not because they are Chinese but because they are the world's best players! BTW, first give me name of one other girl, out of our country's 1.2 billion potion, who has achieved the level of success in badminton equivalent to that of Saina's, then you can criticize Saina - but not before that.
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