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 Nehwals challenge petered out in the final game after a stiff comeback in the second.
My dribbles kept going out,and I wasnt too comfortable as my net-game wasnt too good on this day. I couldnt 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.