Saina loses in semis but still in hunt for bronze
Posted on: 03 Aug 2012
London: India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was beaten in straight games by world number one Yihan Wang in the
women's singles semifinals at the London Olympics here today but remained in the medal hunt as she will be competing in the
bronze medal play-off tomorrow.
Up against the top seeded Chinese, Saina committed too many unforced errors to see her dreams of winning a gold medal
crashing after slumping to a 13-21 13-21 defeat in the semifinal tie which lasted for 42 minutes at the Wembley Arena
The fourth seeded Indian will next take on the loser of the other semifinal match between Xin Wang and Li Xuerui in
the bronze medal play off tomorrow.
There was very little margin for error for Saina as Yihan was sharper, more accurate and also used her powerful smashes
to outwit the Indian here.
The 22-year-old committed too many unforced errors to lag 6-11 at the interval in the first game. Although Saina tried
to come back with the help of some brilliant net play, the Chinese employed some immaculate placements and powerful
smashes to lead 1-0.
In the second game, Saina tried to match her superior rival and did trouble her to enjoy a one-point lead at the
break. But the Chinese world champion soon started forcing Saina to commit errors and moved ahead.
Yihan anticipated the shots and was better prepared and, with Saina hitting wide and long, the Chinese had no problem
in cementing her place in the finals.
This was Yihan's sixth victory over Saina in as many encounters. PTI