Saina Nehwal crashes out of China Open

Beijing [China], Sep 18 (ANI): Former world number one Saina Nehwal crashed out of the ongoing China Open after she suffered a first-round defeat against Sung Ji-Hyun of Korea here on Tuesday. The 28-year-old was swept aside 20-22, 21-8, 21-14 by her South Korean opponent in a closely-contested match that lasted 48 minutes. Clinching the first game in a nail-biting clash, Nehwal set the tone right against highly experienced Ji-Hyun. The South Korean shuttler, however, made a solid comeback and attacked the Indian player right from the beginning of the second game. She clinched three consecutive points to take an early 4-1 lead. The Asian Games Bronze medalist failed to cope with rising the point difference as the Korean completely outplayed her to register a dominating 21-8 victory in the second game. The deciding game started with the Korean shuttler again taking the initial lead of three points. After trailing the game 6-14, Nehwal tried to gain some momentum as she clinched a couple of points and fought hard to reduce the point difference to 14-19. The Korean player, however, gave no further chance of revival to the Indian shuttler as she clinched the deciding game 21-14. Meanwhile, ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu edged past Saena Kawakami of Japan 21-15, 21-13 to move into the second round of the tournament. (ANI)
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