Saina Nehwal bows out of French Open
Ace India shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the French Open Super Series after going down to World No. 2 Shixian Wang of China in a hard-fought women’s singles quarterfinal contest. Seeded fifth, Saina posed a quite a challenge to her Chinese rival but in the end it was a case of so close, yet so far for the Indian who lost 19-21, 21-19, 15-21. The battle lasted an hour and 10 minutes.
Having lost the opening game, the world number six Indian bounced back to snatch the second but failed to sustain the pressure in the deciding game against a superior opponent. In the third game, Saina started positively, while Wang seemed to be completely out of colour initially. Having opened up a 6-1 lead, Saina soon increased it to 10-5 and then went on to extend it to 15-10. But just when it seemed that the Indian would run away with the match, Wang turned things upside down to totally flummox Saina. The Chinese upped her ante to take the last 11 points on a trot to seal the issue in her favour.