Saina’s gallant fight ends in agony
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 12 Mar 2017 09:25:40|
INDIAN ace Saina Nehwal crashed out of the All England Championship after her gallant fight against World No. 3 Korean Sung Ji Hyun ended with a narrow 20-22, 20-22 loss in the women’s singles quarter-finals of the Super Series Premier event here.
World No. 10 Saina blew 17-12 and 9-6 leads in the two games to go down fighting against Sung in a 54-minute battle to drew curtains on India’s campaign at the prestigious tournament here.
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu had also lost her quarter-final match in straight games to World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.
Saina had a 6-1 head-to-head record against the Korean going into the match but that didn’t matter as Sung held on to her nerves in crucial moments to emerge victorious in their eighth meeting at the international circuit. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad, who had clinched the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold, had to do a catch up act right from the start but she managed to grab a four-point lead at the break after reeling off four straight points having levelled the scores at 7-7.
TOP SEED LEE CHONG WEI REACHES FINAL TOP seed Lee Chong Wei reached the men’s singles final with a victory over Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals.
Lee, a three-time winner, fought back from one game down to beat the 27-year-old Chou 10-21, 21-14, 21-9. The Malaysian super star will now take on either arch rival Lin Dan or Shi Yuqi in the summit clash.