Defending champion Saina Nehwal of India crashed out of the Denmark Super Series Premier after suffering a shock three-games defeat at the hands of Koreaís Sung Ji Hyun in the quarterfinals of the womenís singles competition here on Friday. Compatriot RMV Gurusaidutt also made an exit following a straight-games defeat at the hands of Chinaís Pengyu Du in the menís quarterfinals.
Nehwal, ranked No.4 in the world, squandered a one-game lead and committed too many unforced errors to go down 21-13, 18-21, 19-21 to sixth seed Sung.
In the opening game, Nehwal, who hadnít lost to the Korean in their four previous meetings, moved to a 4-1 lead early on but Sung soon turned the tables and managed a slender 11-10 lead at the break.
The Indian got back into the lead with a flick of the wrist at the net and with the Korean making a series of unforced errors, Nehwal reached 15-11. The Indian shuttler stepped up and conceded just two more points before taking the game.
Playing on the other side of the court in the second game, Nehwal took a little time to judge the length of the shuttle initially, which allowed Sung to have a 2-0 lead. But a drop and a lucky point at the net helped the Indian to make it 3-2.
Sung levelled the scores at 6-6 with Nehwal making a few errors in judging the shuttle. The Korean led 8-7 after the Indian hit long and then made it 10-8 with Nehwal hitting the net and going wide.
The Korean put Nehwal under further pressure as she won six straight points to make it 18-12.
Nehwal threatened to make a comeback but once again she hit it long to give Sung five game points. She saved three of those but another error of judgment at the baseline helped the Korean to take the second game.
Having grown in confidence after the second game, Sung fought tooth and nail. In fact, the Indian seemed to be heading for a win at 16-13, but Sung again clawed back. The duo were engaged in aggressive rallies but Nehwal faltered at