Saina falters in Korea Open quarters

Jan 12, 2013, 02:22 IST | IANS

World No 3 Saina Nehwal faltered in the women's singles quarter-final of the $1 million Korea Open Super Series Premier against Li Han of China yesterday.

The unseeded Li won her first match against Saina in three meetings here at the SK Handball Stadium. Li won 21-14, 15-21, 21-12 in 59 minutes, preventing Saina from bettering her record in the tournament where she also lost in the quarterfinal in 2012.

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal

Both players started aggressively in the first game winning equal number of points till 8-all. Thereon, the World No 26 put her foot down and clinched the game with the help of some clear winners.

India‚Äôs third seed fought back in the next game to level the match. Her smashes and deft touches at the net helped her at the crucial junctures. In the third game, though Li went into a healthy lead at the beginning (12-5), the Hyderabadi climbed back into the match and narrowed the scoreline down to 13-11.

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