Saina Nehwal Lose the match against Tzu Ying in the quarterfinals of the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament in Paris on Friday, 27 October.
Saina started with a good touch initially, but couldn’t match the pace of Tzu Ying later on, squandering four game points and lose the opening game. She failed against her rival in the second and eventually went down 20-22 11-21 in the quarterfinals.
Tzu Ying now has an overwhelming 14-5 head-to-head record against Saina.
From 9-16 behind, Tzu Ying, however, managed to reduce the margin to 15-16 after upping her pace. Tzu Ying seemed to crumble under a series of unforced errors as she hit the shuttle long and wide to gift Saina four game points.
However, the Saina couldn’t make it count as Tzu Ying incredibly not only saved four game points but actually sealed the opening game with six straight points, breaking Saina’s heart on the way.
After the opening game reversal, Saina didn’t seem to be the same player as she lagged 1-5 in the second game. She tried to construct points and moved to 6-7 after her rival hit long twice.
Saina tried to keep the shuttle at the back of the court but Tzu Ying rode on her stunning drop shots to enter the interval with a 11-6 advantage.
After the breather, Tzu Ying continued to find points even as Saina crumbled, hitting wide and long. She seemed to have no answers to her rivals superior game, ending up giving 17-8 lead to Tzu Ying.
In the end, Tzu Ying earned 11 match points after Saina found the net. Saina saved two match points but Tzu Ying fixed her place in the semi-finals.