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Australian Open Superseries: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu crash out of quarters

The Chinese shuttler beat Saina 21-17, 10-21, 21-17 in a match that lasted for an hour and 19 minutes. Earlier, Saina's compatriot PV Sindhu also lost her quarter-finals match to World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

IANS, Sydney [ Published on: June 23, 2017 19:34 IST ]
Australian Open Superseries: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu crash
Australian Open Superseries: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu crash out of quarters

India's campaign in the women's singles category at the YSD 7,50,000 Australia Open Superseries ended after London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal went down to sixth-seeded Sun Yu of China in a quarter-finals match here on Friday.

The Chinese shuttler beat Saina 21-17, 10-21, 21-17 in a match that lasted for an hour and 19 minutes. Earlier, Saina's compatriot PV Sindhu also lost her quarter-finals match to World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

Sun Yu dominated the opening game taking a 8-4 lead before extending it further to 11-9 at the break. Saina, however, made a strong comeback after the break and went ahead 15-13 before Sun Yu gained eight straight points to pocket the game.

In the second game, Saina surged ahead taking six straight points to lead 7-3 and went to the break at 11-4. Coming back, the Hyderabadi never allowed the Chinese to settle and extended her lead to 18-10 and easily winning it 21-10.

The decider witnessed fierce battle between the two shuttlers splitting at 4-4 and then going neck and neck till 9-9 before Saina took the lead at 11-9. 

Post the break, Sun Yu took three points in a row to make it 12-12 and then went ahead with six straight points to make it 19-15. She kept her nerves and didn't allow the Indian free her arms to run away with the match 21-17.

Sun Yu will now take on Nozomi Okuhara, who beat fellow Japanese Sayaka Takahashi in another quarter-final tie.

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