As Saina falters , Indian challenge at All England Championships end

[caption id="attachment_269593" align="alignleft" width="450"] File Pix : Saina Nehwal[/caption]Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal's campaign at the  A...

As Saina falters , Indian challenge at All England Championships end

[caption id="attachment_269593" align="alignleft" width="450"]File Pix : Saina Nehwal File Pix : Saina Nehwal[/caption]

Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal's campaign at the  All England Open came to a disappointing end with straight-game loss against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals .Tai defeated Saina, the finalist here in the last edition, 21-15, 21-16 in 40 minutes at the Barclay card Arena in a dominating display of badminton. With Saina's loss, India's campaign ended in the tournament.


In the first game, it was a nearly even contest in the beginning with 21-year-old Tai taking an 11-8 lead. But Saina failed to lift her game after the break while Tai kept putting more pressure on the Hyderabadi, holding a 16-10 lead.

The 25-year-old Saina tried to stage a comeback but it was too late as Tai won the opening game 21-15.

The second game saw world No.9 Tai dominating from the start, holding a 10-4 lead. World No.3 Saina did some good work and nearly caught Tai at 10-12 but again the latter surged ahead, building a handsome five-point advantage at 15-10, after which the Indian faltered.