Saina out of Asian Badminton Championships

Updated: 17 April 2010 11:31 IST

India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Saturday crashed out of the Asian Badminton Championships semi-finals. Unseeded Li Xuirei of China beat Saina Nehwal 21-17,

Saina out of Asian Badminton Championships

New Delhi:

India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Saturday crashed out of the Asian Badminton Championships semi-finals.

Unseeded Li Xuirei of China beat Saina Nehwal 21-17, 21-11 to book a berth in the Final.

Saina was the only flag bearer from India after a disappointing outing of the Indian shuttlers on Friday.

Aditi Mutatkar had crashed out of the women's singles competition while the men's doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas and top-seeded mixed doubles combo of Jwala Gutta and V Diju bowed out in the quarterfinals of their respective events.

Coming out of injury, Aditi couldn't match up to the fast paced game of Chinese qualifier Xin Liu and went down 21-14, 21-11 in the quarterfinals.

Rupesh and Sanave squandered a one game lead to go down fighting 21-17, 16-21, 15-21 against Korean pair of Sang Hoon Han and Ji Man Hwang while Jwala and Diju's campaign also ended in similar fate as they were shocked 21-15, 11-21, 14-21 by Chinese duo of Zihan Qiu and Qing Tian.

Among other quarterfinal matches, second seed Lin Dan beat seventh seed Yun Hu 21-11, 21-10 in the men's singles, while in women's singles event second seed Mi Zhou of Hong Kong defeated fifth seed Thai Salakjit Ponsana 23-21, 21-17.

Topics : Badminton Saina Nehwal
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