Saina advances in Thailand Open  
Published on 08/06/2012     Source : Indian Express

Top seed Saina Nehwal took 42 minutes to demolish China’s Han Li, ranked 39th in the world, 21-17, 21-13 to storm into the women’s singles quarterfinals of the Thailand Open badmi­nton tournament at Bangkok on Thursday.

There was more good news in the men’s singles front as three Indians made it to the last eight stage. Young Turks B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma won in contrasting sty­les on their way to the quart­erfinals. Praneeth rallied to defeat Malaysia’s Choong Ha­nn Wong 13-21, 21-18, 22-20 in three tough games while Sameer Verma downed anot­h­er Malaysian, Teck Zhi Soo, 21-18, 21-18 in 34 minutes. So­urabh Varma became the fourth Indian to book a place in the last eight stage after beating seventh seed Alamsyah Yunus of Indonesia 18-21, 21-13, 22-20.

However, it was curtains for 16-year-old PV Sindhu who fell to 2010 World champion Wang Lin. Seeded fourth in this tournament and ran­ked 26th in the world, Sindhu lost 12-21, 23-25 to the Chin­e­se veteran, who is now rank­ed 105 in the world.

After a first round scare, Saina put up a better display against Han on Thursday. But in the first game it was a bit of struggle as Han kept the world number five on her toes. It we­nt neck and neck till 16-all before Saina raised her game to win five successive points to wrap up the first game.

In the second game, Saina was in total command. Han put up a semblance of a fight at the start and even drew level at five-all but after that it was Saina all the way.

For Sindhu, it was a bitter exit. The more experienced Lin dominated the first game. Sindhu staged a remarkable fight back in the second. But the Chinese stopped Sindhu even though the Indian had a very good chance to close the match at 23-22.



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