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Saina Nehwal crashes out of All England Badminton tournament

Birmingham, PTI | Updated : 08 March 2019, 05:20 PM
Saina Nehwal continued to struggle against Tai Tzu Ying as she crashed out in straight games at the All England Badminton tournament. (Image credit: Twitter)
Saina Nehwal continued to struggle against Tai Tzu Ying as she crashed out in straight games at the All England Badminton tournament. (Image credit: Twitter)
HIGHLIGHTS
    • Saina Nehwal's head-to-head record against Tai Tzu Ying is now 5-15.
    • Saina has not beaten Tai Tzu Ying since 2015.
    • Saina had suffered a bout of diarrhea before the start of the All England Badminton tournament.

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. 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’s favour.

First Published: Friday, March 08, 2019 05:20 PM
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