After two successive defeats,Saina Nehwal managed to post a hard-fought win over Yeon Ju Bae of Korea in her last Group B match but it was not good enough to ensure a semifinal berth for the Indian shuttler in the BWF World Superseries Finals here on Friday. The Indian registered a 21-11,17-21,21-13 win over Bae in a match that lasted for one hour. It was Sainas sixth victory over Bae,who had an upper hand against the Indian recently in French Super Series and World Championship. World No.6 Saina had suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Minatsu Mitani of Japan and World No.1 Chinese shuttler Li Xuerui in her two matches of Group B,which had put her in a must-win situation. A straight-game victory over Bae would have brightened her chances but after the Korean snatched the second game away,it dashed semifinal hopes of the Olympic bronze medallist.
Anand crushes Istratescu
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand outclassed Frenchman Andrei Istratescu to jump to sole lead at the halfway stage of the preliminaries of the London Chess Classic in progress at the Olympia. On what turned out to be another fine day as black,Anand came up with some brilliant planning,sacrificed an exchange and romped home without much ado to almost seal a place in the knockout stage of the Classic this year reserved for the top two finishers. Anand leads his group on seven points in three games under the soccer-like scoring system that gives three points for a win and one for a draw. He is followed by Michael Adams of England.