“The game plan was to keep the rallies long and wear her down,” Nehwal said.
“When she fell, I thought she was just playing for time as she was getting visibly tired.” The longest rally of the match in the middle of the first game went to 41 strokes. With the score 10-15 in her favour, Wang seemed to be looking for reasons to slow down the game. Even as Nehwal wiped her brow and got ready for the next point, her opponent kept asking for the court to be wiped, citing that it was too slippery. Over the next few points she repeatedly bent over, leaned on her racquet and kept heaving for air. Nehwal was gracious in victory, choosing not to celebrate the walkover win. But she was all smiles as she draped the Indian flag around her. "It was unfortunate Wang had to retire," coach Pullela Gopichand said later. "But I feel Saina would have won anyway if the match had gone on."