Saina Nehal’s good run continued at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament as she defeated Indonesian Dinar Dyah Ayustine in the pre-quarter final match today. Saina considered a big lead of 11-7 in the opening game to Ayustine as the Indonesian surged ahead and pocketed the game 21-17. However, a determined Saina showcased a more dominating performance in the second game as this time she took a big lead of 11-3 during the break.
Post-break, in the second game, Ayustine gradually bridged the gap with Saina equalling the score tally at 18-18 at one point of time, but the Indian shuttler made sure that she bounced back into the contest, winning the game 21-18. Then, in the decider set, it was Ayustine who took a slender lead of 4-2 initially but Saina turned the tables within minutes to make it 5-5 and move ahead taking a huge lead of 11-8 to eventually seal the match with another four-point burst, taking the decider game 21-12. The match lasted over an hour.
Previously, Saina on Wednesday did overcame a scary victory over 44th rank Indonesian Hanna Ramadini in a tight three-game women’s singles opening match. The former world No.1 had to sweat for the win by the little-known Indonesian defeating her 21-23, 21-14 and 21-18. Saina will next take on China’s Zhang Yiman.
Apart from Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost their respective singles and doubles matches. Kashyap, making a comeback after injury, put up a valiant show before losing straight games- 13-21 & 20-22 to Lin Yu Hsien of Chinese Taipei in a clash that lasted 45 minutes. Third seeds Manu and Sumeeth also put up a good fight before bowing down 20-22 & 19-21 to Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya.