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Friday, Nov 22, 2019

All England Championships: Saina Nehwal’s run ends in quarters

Saina Nehwal’s dismal run against nemesis Tai Tzu-ying continued as she suffered yet another defeat against the Taiwanese to crash out of the USD 1 million All England Championship

other-sports Updated: Mar 08, 2019 19:04 IST
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File photo of Saina Nehwal.
File photo of Saina Nehwal. (AFP)
         

Saina Nehwal’s dismal run against nemesis Tai Tzu-ying continued as she suffered yet another defeat against the Taiwanese to crash out of the USD 1 million All England Championship, in Birmingham Friday.

A former finalist, Saina couldn’t find answers to the deceptive strokeplay of the World No 1 Taiwanese, going down 15-21 19-21 in the 37-minute quarterfinal clash.

Saina is now 5-15 in head-to-head career record with Tzu-ying and it was her 13th straight defeat against the Taiwanese, who has not lost to the Indian since 2015.

Tzu-ying, who had retired at the Hong Kong Open last year due to a waist injury, seemed to have recovered well as she went about her job with consummate ease at the Arena Birmingham.

Tzu-ying’s arsenal of strokes was in full display as she rushed to a 11-3 lead. Saina produced two superb drops and won nine of the next 12 points to narrow the equation to 12-14.

Tzu-ying then came out with a flurry of her magical strokes to move to 20-13 and sealed it comfortably.

In the second game, Saina enjoyed a five-point cushion at 8-3 in the second game after husband Parupalli Kashyap pleaded her to play disciplined badminton.

Some exceptional strokes helped the Taiwanese to gather a few points but Saina ensured a 11-8 advantage at the interval.

The Indian tried to keep Tzu-ying at the backline with her deep tosses but fatigue, perhaps due to the bout of diarrhea ahead of the event, affected her.

Tzu-ying’s deceptive strokes often left Saina wrong-footed as she moved ahead of the Indian to 17-15.

Saina made it 19-19 with a successful line call. But two precise returns on the Indian’s backhand ended the match in the Taiwanese favour.