China Open: Saina Nehwal Keeps India Alive


Saina Nehwal is the only Indian shuttler to advance into the quarter-finals of China Open as PV Sindhu is eliminated by fifth seed Shixian Wang in the second round.

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Saina Nehwal

Same old story of Indian shuttlers

India’s performance in badminton in recent weeks has been quite similar a wealth of talented players enter the tournament, a large number of them fall victim in the opening round, a few advance to the second round and only a player or two make it ahead from there.

Men’s singles players Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy and fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth made their way out in the first round of the tournament. While the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa too fell victim to Japan’s Fukuman-Yonao pair in a match that lasted only 34 minutes.

Sindhu exits, Saina advances at the China Open

India’s women’s singles shuttlers managed to survive the first round. PV Sindhu played a fantastic knock to win in straight games in under 30 minutes against Russia’s Ksenia Polikarpova to win 21-14, 21-9. However, her good form got cut-short by Wang in a thrilling one and a half hour intense battle. The Indian lost 21-18, 18-21, 16-21.

Saina faced a relatively tough fixture in the first round. But she managed to pull out with a win scoring 22-20, 21-18 against China’s Yu Sun. In the second round Saina came up against Jing Yi Tee of Malaysia. She started strong with a quick 21-10 win. But the next two games finished tight as Saina lost the second game 19-21 and eventually made a comeback in the final game. Thus winning the match 21-10, 19-21, 21-19.

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