Saina ends campaign in Chinese Masters

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Chanzhou, Sep 27 (UNI) In a lopsided affair, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal ended her campaign at the China Masters Super Series after she was overpowered by sixth seeded Zhou Mi in the semifinals of the event here.

Saina, who is the seventh seed, was outclassed by her Hong Kong rival in straight sets 4-21, 19-21 in just 26 minutes.

The Indian, who made it to the quarterfinals of the Beijing Olympics and won the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix gold tournament a fortnight ago, turned out to be an easy prey for Zhou, as she was not able to fight her rival in any aspect of the game.

The Hong Kong girl played brilliantly at the net and her smashes left the Indian gasping on the court.

Saina was, however, not able to counter Zhou's winners at the net, which was double the Indian's number.

Zhou won 15 points at the net in the entire match, while Saina settled only with seven.

In the Japan Super Series event last week, Zhou had cut short Saina's campaign in the first round of the event.

Zhou will take on local girl Lin Wang in the final.

However, Lin overcame her compatriot Yihan Wang 21-14 18-21 21-11 in the other semi-final match.

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