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Saina, Jwala-Diju lose in French Super Series quarterfinal

October 31, 2009

Saina Indian challenge ended in the French Super Series badminton tournament after Saina Nehwal and the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju crashed out with respective quarterfinal defeats in Paris.

Eighth seed Saina squandered a first-game lead to go down to top seed Chinese Wang Lin 21-15 11-21 15-21 in a 49-minute hard fought battle in women’s singles on Friday.

The sixth seeded Indian pair of Jwala and Diju also played their heart out before going down to the Indonesian combo of Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir 21-6 20-22 10-21 in 42 minutes.

Saina played better at the nets but she couldn’t negotiate the powerful smashes of her opponent, who scored 14 points compared to the Indian’s 9.

In the first game, Saina opened a 5-0 lead and pushed Lin to the back foot who was left to do the catch up act till the end.

However, the Chinese bounced back in the second game and first opened a 3-0 lead and then widened it from 3-2 to 10-2 before pocketing the game.

In the decider, the Hyderabadi failed to raise her game and after being tied 2-2, Lin moved ahead as Saina’s game crumbled.

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