Saina Nehwal Loses in Semis, To Play Li Xuerui for Bronze [PHOTOS]
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | Aug 03, 2012 11:22 AM EDT
India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal lost to world number one Wang Yihan of China in the semifinals on Friday evening, ensuring an all-Chinese contest in the women's singles final at the London Olympics badminton event.
Yihan, the top seed from China, stopped Saina's good run in the ongoing Olympics by beating her 21-13, 21-13 in straight games. The Indian went down not without giving a good fight.
Saina conceded many unforced errors in the semi final match that lasted for 42 minutes. The world no.1 was not only quicker on the court but also more accurate in her shots. She used her height to outwit the Indian world no.4.
Saina's medal campaign in the London Olympics is not over yet. She will play for the bronze medal against third seed Li Xuerui of China, who defeated second seed Wang Xin 22-20, 21-18 in the other semifinal match on Friday.
Saina created history on Thursday by becoming the first Indian woman to enter women's badminton singles semifinals in Olympics. She beat Dane Tine Baun of Denmark 21-15, 22-20 in the quarterfinals, setting a match against Yihan in the semifinals.
She is the last from Indian badminton team to stay in contention for a medal in the London Olympics. Parupalli Kashyap was on Thursday denied entry into the semi finals by top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who defeated him 19-21, 11-21.
India's Saina Nehwal plays against China's Yihan Wang during their womens singles badminton semifinals match during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Wembley ArenaSource:
China's Yihan Wang shakes hands with India's Saina Nehwal after defeating her during their womens singles badminton semifinals match during London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley ArenaSource: Reuters