Saina Nehwal wins bronze medal

London: After the defeat in semi-final clash against world No. 1 Wang Yihan on Friday, India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal all set to face world No. 2 China’s Wang Xin in the bronze medal play off at London Olympics on Saturday.

Saina is the first Indian shuttler to play in an Olympic semi-final, lost 21-13 21-13 to Yihan on Friday.

Earlier, the 22-year-old committed too many unforced errors to lag 6-11 at the interval in the first game. Although Saina tried to come back with the help of some brilliant net play, the Chinese employed some immaculate placements and powerful smashes to lead 1-0.

In the second game, Saina tried to match her superior rival and did trouble her to enjoy a one-point lead at the break. But the Chinese world champion soon started forcing Saina to commit errors and moved ahead.

Yihan anticipated the shots and was better prepared and, with Saina hitting wide and long, the Chinese had no problem in cementing her place in the finals.

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