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Sai crashes out of BWF Superseries

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Dubai, Dec 11: Indian ace shuttler Sai Nehwal failed to win her third and fil league game against defending champion Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and crashed out of the BWF Superseries Fils losing 21-16, 18-21, 14-21 here on Friday.

Sai rallied back into the year-ending tourment after losing her first encounter, by beating Spain’s Caroli Marin in the second tie. But then she lost in the 51-minute contest at the Hamdan Sports Complex and bowed out.

Reigning world champion Caroli Marin of Spain won a single match -- same as Sai -- but was better on games difference. The world No.1 joined Japanese zomi Okuhara from the Group A in the semi-fils that will take place on Saturday.

On Friday, it was Sai who started on the front foot in the opener and got to 5-3 but Ying then tied the game at 5-5 and then made it 9-9. The 25-year-old Indian stayed strong and was also aided by Ying's flaws. Ying's cross-court shots either sailed over or went wide as she lost 16-21.

In the second game, however, it was Ying who was quick to get off the blocks and raced ahead to 13-6 with her delectable drop shots falling into place. Sai would just not let her rival get away with it and came back strong to tie it at 16-16. But Ying remained calm and collected and edged past Sai to bag the second.

In the third, Ying proved to be the fitter of the two as she surged ahead. Sai had to play catch up and faltered trying to force the issue. Ying remained composed and grabbed the game easily at 21-14.

Another Indian in the fray, Kidambi Srikanth, who was already knocked out of the men's singles Group B, lost his third straight match in the group stage. The 22-year-old lost to Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen 17-21, 13-21 in 32 minutes.

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen topped the group and Japanese Kento Momota claimed the second position to advance to the semi-fils. IANS

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