Indonesia open Badminton 2016 saina nehwal enters quarters
Indonesia Open: Saina enters quarters; doubles teams knocked out
Jakarta : Two days after struggling against a lower ranked opponent Saina Nehwal was in full flow on Thursday as she breezed past Fitriani Fitriani of Indonesia 21-11, 21-10 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier in Jakarta on Thursday.
However, the doubles teams disappointed suffering straight game losses. Seasoned campaigners Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa , who are ranked 14 in the world, proved no match to Chinese pair of Yaqiong Huang and Jinjua Tang 9-21, 18-21. The World No. 25 team took just 33 mins to oust the Indians. Later, men’s doubles outfit of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy fared poorly against sixth seeds Sung Hyun Ko and Baek Cheol Shin 18-21, 13-21. Saina now needs to come up with her best show, where she will face World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain.
The bottom-half of women’s singles witnessed an upset as Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei put it across Olympic champion and third seed Li Xuerui of China 2118, 21-18. Five-time world and two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan was stunned in the second round of men’s singles. The Super Dan was shocked by Indonesian youngster Jonatan Christie 12-21, 12-21.
Saina Nehwal, a three-time Indonesia Open Superseries Premier champion, recovered from a Indian badminton Player.
Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal bt Fitriani Fitriani 21-11, 21-10.
Women’s doubles: Yaqiong Huang-Jinhua Tang (Chn) bt Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-19, 21-18.
Men’s doubles: Sung Hyun Ko-Baek Cheol Shin (Kor) bt Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy 21-18, 21-13.
DOUBLES HOPEFULS DISAPPOINT
However, India’s doubles shuttlers failed to make an impact as both the women’s and men’s pairs of Jwala-Ashwini and Manu-Sumeeth suffered contrasting defeats.
The World No.14 duo of Jwala-Ashwini lost 9-21, 18-21 to Chinese combo of Huang Yaqiong and Tang Jinhua in the women’s doubles, while No.20 Manu-Sumeeth went down 18-21, 13-21 to sixth seeded South Koreans Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol.
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Born: March 17, 1990 (age 26), Hisar district
Height: 1.65 m
Coach: U. Vimal Kumar
Awards: Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, more
Siblings: Abu Chandranshu Nehwal
Olympic medal: Badminton at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women’s singles