Dubai Super series: Saina Nehwal Topples World Number one Carolina Marin

After starting the Dubai Super series with a defeat, Saina Nehwal came back strongly to get a win over World Number one Carolina Marin.

Saina-Nehwal

Saina Nehwal

The unseeded Saina Nehwal in a gruelling match that lasted three games toppled Marin, who is the top seed in the tournament. The Indian took home the first set with a score of 23-21 but was overpowered by Marin in the second game.

The Spaniard won the game with a score of 9-21 and thus pushed the match into a deciding third game. Marin and Saina had a solid battle in the early stages, but Saina steered the game in her favour and took home the game 21-12 to win the match by a score of 23-21, 9-21, 21-12.

Saina will next face Tai Tzu Ying in the next match. Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth suffered his second straight defeat in the tournament when he lost out to Viktor Axelson. Axelson had a comfortable match against the Indian and the final score read 21-13, 21-18 in favour of the Danish player.

The loss has diminished Srikanth’s chances of making it into the next round. He will next face Chou Tien Chen in a must-win game.

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