India @ London 2012: Day 7 roundup
Super Saina storms into semis
London: It was a long wait for Indian fans at the Wembley Arena as the quarterfinal fixture between Saina Nehwal and Danish girl Tine Baun was delayed since the previous fixture on the same court extended beyond stipulated time. But the wait proved every bit fruitful as the Hyderabadi girl dished out the finest quality badminton to drub Tine in straight games 21-15, 22-20.
Saina didn't look one bit nervous and was off the blocks very early in the first game. She raced to a 4-2 lead within the first five minutes and there was no looking back after that. Saina closed out the first game in just 16 minutes 21-15.
Tine attempted a brief comeback during the middle part of the first game but Saina snuffed out any ambitions the Dane had. She stretched the lead to 12-7 and then ensured there was no slip-up at all.
Tine came up with a much-better game plan in the early part of the second game. Her attacking style helped her gain initiative at 7-4. At that stage, Saina was also a little guilty of being too eager to finish proceedings. Errors were starting to show up and that allowed the Dane to open out a handy 10-7 lead. But, that is when Saina came up with a couple of screaming points to get herself right back in the contest during the mini-break. She reeled off 4 points in a row to grab a crucial 11-10 lead.
Saina never looked back since despite some tough fight from the former All-England Champion and closed out the game and match in fine fashion. Exactly four years ago, Saina had choked in a similar situation and today, she made her opponent sweat. Well done Saina. Whatever happens from here on, we are proud of you!
Saina now meets Yihan Wang in the semi-final.