New Delhi: India’s Saina Nehwal defeated Li Han from China 21-17 21-13 to reach the quarterfinals of the Thailand Grand Prix Gold.
The match that lasted for only 42 minutes saw some smashing shots from Saina in both the games. Saina started the game slowly and both players fought it hard till the 17th point. With the scores level, Saina brought out her smashes to finish the game winning four straight points.
She was more dominating in the second game and won the match comfortably in the end.
She next plays Thailand's Sapsiree Taerattanachai in a last-eight match Friday. Taerattanachai came from behind to beat Kaori Imabeppu of Japan 20-22, 21-19, 21-15.
Apart from Saina, Indians had a bad day as the pair of Tarun Kona-Arun Vishnu, Sanjeeth S-Jagadish Yadav and Pradnya Gadre-Prajakta Sawant lost their respective matches.
Indian Sports News Network