Missing a spectacular opportunity to face another Indian shuttler, in the semi Finals of the Hong Kong open, Saina Nehwal, today, lost 8-21, 21-18, 19-21 to Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi. Earlier in the day, another Indian Shuttler and Rio Olympics silver medalist, PV Sindhu, made her way to the semis after defeating Liang Xiayou of Singapore.
While both the Indian shuttlers were playing key matches against tough opponents, Sindhu managed to hold her nerves strong and make it to the semis and Saina missed the opportunity to continue in the series.
Taking a weak start, Saina lost her first game 8-11 but came back to form in the second set, snatching a 21-18 win against the local favourite. But the third game didn’t start well for Saina, and the ace shuttler almost came to losing at 11-18. However, with a splendid comeback, Saina levelled the match 18-18, but lost 21-19 in the end, after a two minutes rally with Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi.
Though, Saina missed the chance to reach the semi-final of the Hong Kong Open, another Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu managed to win one of the toughest match of the year, defeating Singapore’s Liang Xiayou 21-17, 21-23, 21-18.
With a slow start, world number 9, Sindhu was pressurized by the Singapore shuttler, as she demonstrated an attacking badminton against the Olympic silver medlist. However, keeping her nerves steady, Sindhu snatched win in the first game by 21-17. With a excellent display of aggressive play, the two shuttlers made it very tight in the second game, although Xiayou managed to take lead at 21-21, winning the game 21-23. But in her top form, Sindhu snatched the win against the Singapore shuttler beating her 21-18, in the final game.