Saina, Arvind out of Korea Super Series

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Seoul, Jan 15: India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal is out of the Yonex Korea Super Series 2009. She lost to Indonesia's Adrianti Firdasari in the second round. Saina, the fifth seed, went down 21-18, 18-21, 12-21 in a match that lasted 47 minutes. Meanwhile in the mixed doubles V Diju and Gwala Gutta upset the top seed to move into the quarter-finals, on Thursday, Jan 15.

In the first round Saina, used her powerful smashes to win over Canada's Charmaine Reid, but thereafter lost her way. She faltered at the net and her smashes also let her down as she conceded the second game to allow her opponent to draw level. India's top shuttler could prove no match to her rival in the decider as she allowed Adrianti to open up a six-point lead early on which proved to be too difficult to match for Saina.

India had disappointment in the Men's Singles too. India's lone surviver Arvind Bhat lost to seventh-seed Przemyslaw Wacha of Poland in the second round. Just like Saina, Bhat too went into the lead, winning the first game 21-11. But the Pole then fought back to level terms at 21-14. The game was equally poised at 11-all before Bhat opened up a five point lead in the decider, but the Indian allowed Wacha to get back on level terms at 19-19 and he ultimately carried on the momentum to win the final game 23-21.

While in the mixed doubles, Diju and Gutta faught and got rid of Indonesian pair Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir 10-21, 21-16, 21-9 and will meet eighth-seed Wijaya Rendra and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia in the quarter-finals. The Indian pair allowed the opponents to rake up 10 consecutive points in the first round, but came back strongly in the second game and gave no chance for the opponents in the decider. Indians dazed the Indonesian opponents with their net coverage and smart smashes.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)


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