Macau Open Highlights: Saina Nehwal Stunned by Zhang Yiman in Quarter-Finals
Top seed Saina Nehwal lost to World No. 226 Zhang Yiman in the women's singles quarter-finals of the Macau Open badminton tournament. Catch highlights of Saina Nehwal vs Zhang Yiman match here
Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold as she lost to China's Zhang Yiman in the quarter-finals on Friday. Catch highlights of Saina Nehwal vs Zhang Yiman match here. (NEWS)
11:51 IST: Saina Nehwal loses the game 17-21
11:49 IST: Four match-points for Zhang
11:46 IST: Zhang increases lead to 17-12
11:42 IST: Zhang has now taken a 11-9 lead
11:37 IST: Zhang has reduced the gap but still trails Saina. 7-5
11:33 IST: Saina races to 5-0 lead in the second game
11:31 IST: Saina loses first game 12-21. Twice in the tournament she has come back from one game down to win the match. Can she do it today?
11:29 IST: Saina is not being able to match up to the young Zhang. The Indian trails 18-11
11:25 IST: China's Zhang is increasing her gap. She leads 14-9
11:21 IST: Zhang is still leading 9-7 in the first game
11:17 IST: Zhang Yiman has taken 4-2 lead. In both the previous matches Saina lost the first game and then rallied to win them.
11:14 IST: Action starts!
11:10 IST: Saina has climbed up one place No. 10 in world rankings, while Zhang is currently the world No. 226 player
11:08 IST: Saina Nehwal's match is expected to start in five minutes
11:05 IST: Welcome all!
Similar to her match in the first round, the top-seeded Saina Nehwal was stretched to the third game by her younger rival in the second round match on Friday. She had to summon all her experience to prevail 17-21, 21-18, 21-12.
With PV Sindhu having pulled out of the event, Saina is the only Indian woman in fray at the Macau Open. However, the former world no. 1 has found the going tough after returning from a serious knee injury last month.
It will be interesting to see how Saina fares against her much-younger opponent Zhang Yiman.