Saina Nehwal after loss to World No. 1 Tai Tzu-Ying: I tried to hurry up
Sania Nehwal rues not paying heed to Kashyap's advice after her defeat to Taiwan's World No. 1 Tai Tzu-Ying in All England Championships quarters
Saina Nehwal's dismal run against nemesis Tai Tzu-Ying continued as she suffered yet another defeat against the Taiwanese to crash out of the USD 1 million All England Championship, here yesterday.
A former finalist, Saina couldn't find answers to the deceptive strokeplay of the World No. 1 Taiwanese, going down 15-21, 19-21 in the 37-minute quarter-finals clash. "I had my chances but I got tied up in the last two points," said Saina. "My coach was saying, 'make it slower', but when you are on the edge of winning a game you tend to get a little more hurried up and I made that mistake again, it cost me the second set.
"I'm happy that I'm getting closer to the top players. I've not been sleeping because of the pain I've been having in my stomach [due to diarrhea], but I'm really happy that I could play two matches here."
Saina is now 5-15 in head-to-head career record with Tzu-Ying and it was her 13th straight defeat against the Taiwanese, who has not lost to the Indian since 2015. "It's good that I'm playing her again and again. I have to learn how to beat her," she said.
Tzu-Ying, who had retired at the Hong Kong Open last year due to a waist injury, seemed to have recovered well as she went about her job with consummate ease at the Arena Birmingham. Tzu-Ying's arsenal of strokes was in full display as she rushed to a 11-3 lead. Saina produced two superb drops and won nine of the next 12 points to narrow the equation to 12-14.
Tzu-Ying then came out with a flurry of her magical strokes to move to 20-13 and sealed it comfortably. In the second game, Saina enjoyed a five-point cushion at 8-3 in the second game after husband Parupalli Kashyap pleaded her to play disciplined badminton. Some exceptional strokes helped the Taiwanese to gather a few points but Saina ensured a 11-8 advantage at the interval. The Indian tried to keep Tzu-Ying at the backline with her deep tosses but fatigue, perhaps due to the bout of diarrhea ahead of the event, affected her.
Srikanth bows out
Meanwhile, India's Kidambi Srikanth couldn't clear the roadblock in the men's singles quarter-final match against World No. 1 Japanese Kento Momota as he went down 12-21, 16-21.
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