The Indian challenge in the Singapore Super series came to an end with Saina Nehwal and Anup Sridhar losing their quarterfinal matches on Friday.
Saina, who beat Indonesia’s Adrianti Firdasari 21-18, 17-21, 21-17 in the second round, failed to seal a berth in the last four as she went down to world No 4 Lin Wang of China 19-21 21-19 21-14.
After Thursday’s win over world No. 2 Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark, Anup suffered a straight games defeat at the hands of world No. 19 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand. Anup, ranked 20 rungs below Ponsana, failed to match his opponent’s skills. Ponsana hit 20 smashes and 13 clear winners overall as opposed to Anup’s four and six.
Vimal Kumar, Anup’s coach at the Prakash Padukone Academy though, was not disappointed by the loss. “Anup has made a good comeback and that’s important. He still has the Indonesia and Malaysia series ahead. Things have started to look up,” he said.
Despite several attempts, Anup could not be reached but Vimal, who had spoken to him, said the shuttler was not comfortable with the air conditioner’s drift. “It was quite windy, as a result, he wasn’t able to play his best shots (clears) well. Besides, he told me that Boonsak outclassed him as the Thai read his game too well.”