Sizzling Saina storms into quarter finals

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Beijing, Aug 11 (UNI) Continuing with her giant killing spree, Saina Nehwal stunned world number six Chen Wang's feet to cruise into the quarterfinals of the women's singles event at the Beijing Olympics here today.

National champion Saina, lived up to her pre-Olympic promise to take care of a few higher ranked players and came up with a sublime performance to tame her illustrious opponent from Hong Kong 21-19, 11-21, 21-11 in 52 minutes to reach the last eight stage.

In the quarterfinals, Saina meets Maria Kristin Yulianti, who is the world number 16 and was part of Indonesia's Uber Cup runners-up team.

Yulianti too looked in good form as she edged out sixth seed Tine Rasmussen 18-21, 21-19, 21-14 in an hour-long gruelling battle.

Saina today, proved why she is a force to reckon with in the badminton court as she seized early initiative, withstood a setback before delivering the knockout punch to upstage Wang.

In an absorbing first game, Saina, trailing 16-19 looked in trouble before she reeled out five points on the trot to leave Wang stranded.

In the second game, both were levelled at 7-7 when Wang broke loose and won 10 of the next 12 points to stretch her lead to the point of being virtually unassailable and it was too late for Saina to catch up.

With the match stretched to the decider, Saina decided enough was enough and won the first six points before Wang made a comeback of sort, though she was still trailing 4-7.

Saina responded by winning the next five points in a row to widen the gap and maintained her lead with an iron fist to walk away with a win.


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