Saturday, May 7, 2011

Saina Nehwal in semis of Malaysia Open

Top seeded Saina Nehwal of India stormed into the semi-finals of the ongoing Malaysia Open (YONEX-SUNRISE Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold 2011 badminton tournament) being held at 'Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium' in Alor Setar, Malaysia.

Saina Nehwal, the only Indian woman participating in this tournament, defeated Lin Wang of China in the quarterfinals yesterday. She next faces 7th seed Ji Hyun Sung of Korea in the semi-finals. The other women's singles semi-finals will be played between 2nd seeded Xin Wang of China and 4th seeded Youn Joo Bae of Korea.

Saina Nehwal had crashed out in the first round of the India Open Super series held earlier this month at New Delhi, and hence would be looking forward for a title finish, at this Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold tournament.

In the men's singles World No.1 Lee Chong Wei has continued his excellent form of this year to reach the semi-finals of the event.

Amongst the Indian men participating in the event, RMV Guru Sai Dutt, Anand Pawar, and Ajay Jayaram were defeated in the first round, while 12th seeded P Kashyap, Arvind Bhat, and Anup Shridhar made their exit in their 2nd round matches.
  • Anup Shridhar defeated world no.20 and 8th seed Choong Hann Wong of Malaysia in the first round, however lost to Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the 2nd round.
  • Anand Pawar did well to win the first set against world no.8 and 3rd seed Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam, however could not sustain the tempo, and lost the next 2 sets and the match.
  • Arvind Bhat lost in the second round against 11th seed Sho Sasaki in a match that lasted 3 sets.
  • Ajay Jayaram also stretched 9th seed Hyun Il Lee of Korea to 3 sets.
Saina Nehwal is scheduled to play her semi-final match of the Malaysia Open GP Gold, and all Indian badminton fans would be looking forward to a spirited performance from her.

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