In China, line calls favour Chinese players: Saina
India's top women's badminton player Saina Nehwal yesterday said that it was somewhat of a handicap playing in China as the line calls invariably go in favour of Chinese players.
Saina suffered a shock loss against little-known Chinese youngster Xiao Jia Chen in the second round of the Badminton Asia Championships in Qingdao, China. “I knew Chen is a good player but had not played her much before. The line and umpires calls in China go in favour of Chinese, so it’s a big advantage for others, but I’m not complaining,” Saina told reporters here after a gruelling practice session ahead of the Indian Open, starting Tuesday.
“I just have to work out how to beat some of the Chinese. Except for a couple of them, I have beaten everyone, so I am confident.” The World No 5 said that the Chinese are a close knit group and they don’t go for individual glory. She however felt that they too feared her. “They are also scared playing against me. I have beaten most of the Chinese players before easily and have continuously been playing against them. They understand my game and I know their game.”