Defedning champion Saina Nehwal lost to Wang Sxighan in straight sets 15-21,13-21 in the quarter finals of the Australian Open Series in Sydney just few moments ago. It was a disappointing performance by Saina as she was not at her very best against the top quality player. She was struggling to match the speed of the Chinese player.
In the first set Saina and Wang scored alternate points to equal at 2-2 before Wang took a 4-2 lead. Again both of them scored alternate points to make 4-4. Then Wang took 2 successive points to make 7-5 in favor of Chinese. Wang then took 3 successive points to make it 9-6. At the changeover Wang lead 11-7. After the changover Saina made a comeback to reduce the gap to 10-12. Wang showed her class and took 2 successive points to make it 14-11. Saina took 2 successive points to make it 13-14. At 13-14 Wang asked for a challenge but was called out and the decision was upheld as out to make equal the score at 14-14. Wang took 5 successive points to make it 19-14. Wang took the first game 21-15.
In the second game Wang started off to a great start taking first 2 points and then taking a 4-1 lead. Saina cameback to make 3-4. Wang took a 6-3 lead before Saina took 3 successive points to make it 6-6. It was very close to call as both of them took alternate points to make 8-8 before Saina took the lead for the first time at 9-8. At the changeover Wang took a slender lead of 11-10. After the interval Wang did not allow Saina to comeback in the game and dominated.Wang took a commanding 16-11 lead and won the set, match 21-13.
This performance by Saina today was not her best in the previous 3 to 4 months. She needs to work on her fitness if she has to beat much fitter opponent in the upcoming tournaments. She had won this tournament last year