Saina Nehwal loses in quarter-finals of All-England Championship

Updated: 08 March 2014 12:45 IST

Seventh-seeded Saina Nehwal suffered a straight-sets loss to Chinese fourth seed Shixian Wang 17-21, 10-21.

Birmingham:

Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal exited the $400,000 All England Open Badminton Championships when she lost her women's singles quarter-final match against China's Shixian Wang at the National Indoor Arena here.

The Indian seventh seed lost to World No.3 Shixian 17-21, 10-21 in 43 minutes of the Super Series Premier Friday. With this win, the Chinese bettered her head-to-head with Saina to 3-4.

Fourth seed Shixian will next play compatriot and former world champion Yihan Wang in the semi-finals.

This is World No. 7 Saina's third quarter-final loss at the prestigious tournament while her previous best performances here were reaching the semi-finals in 2010 and 2013.

Only two Indians -- Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand -- have won this tournament in the past.

Topics : Badminton
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