Orleans Masters: Saina Nehwal’s semi-final loss lasted 28 minutes.© UKTN
The Ace India shuttle Saina Nehwal crashed on Saturday at the current Orleans Masters after losing in the semi-final against Danish Line Christophersen. The Danish player took just 28 minutes to defeat the top-ranked Indian shuttler. Christophersen outscored Saina in back-to-back games 21-17, 21-17 to advance to the final. The 21-year-old had full control of the game from the start and gave Saina no chance to come back to the semi-finals. Earlier today, the Indian men’s doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala advanced to the final after recording a victory over England’s Callum Hemming and Steve Stallwood.
In the semi-final clash, Krishna and Vishnu displayed an attacking mindset and dominated both matches, beating the English duo 21-17, 21-17 in 35 minutes. Krishna and Vishnu will now play the summit shock on Sunday.
In another clash, Indian women’s doubles pair Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy crashed after losing in the semi-finals to Thais Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.
The Indian duo faced loss to Jongkolphan and Rawinda in back-to-back matches 21-18, 21-8 in a meeting that lasted 37 minutes.
Earlier on Friday, Saina beat American Iris Wang in the quarterfinals. She had recorded a fierce victory against Wang (21-19, 17-21, 21-19) in an hour-long meeting.
Wang had a big fight against the Olympic bronze medalist shuttle, but she couldn’t get the upper hand over Saina. The Indian started off on a good note, outclassing the American in Game 1. Wang came back strong in Game 2 and won the game by 21-17. The match entered Game 3 where Saina kept her cool to qualify for the final four of the competition.
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