Saina reaches quarter-finals of Indonesian Super Series

Updated: 21 June 2009 12:02 IST

Saina Nehwal survived a battle of nerves and overcame the challenge of German Juliane Schenk to enter the quarter-finals of the Indonesian Super Series.

New Delhi:

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal survived a battle of nerves and overcame the challenge of German Juliane Schenk to enter the quarter-finals of the Indonesian Super Series in Jakarta on Thursday.

Sixth seed Saina came from behind to beat Juliane 18-21 21-7 21-19 in a hard-fought match that lasted 46 minutes.

In the quarter-finals on Friday, Saina will take on the winner of the pre-quarterfinal match between world number seven Chen Wang of Hong Kong and Korean Hye Youn Hwang.

After losing a close first game, world number eight Saina bounced back in style and spanked the German to draw parity.

In the last game, the Hyderabadi ace was lagging 7-11 but a flurry of smashes saw her first narrow the gap and then march ahead 18-17 before eventually sealing the game 21-19.

Meanwhile, it was curtains for Aditi Mutatkar in the other pre-quarterfinals after the Pune girl was blown away by Maria Febe Kusumastuti of Indonesia 21-8 21-5 in just 23 minutes.

Topics : Badminton
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