Fri, 03 Aug 2012 13:27:38 GMT | By Rajesh Viswanathan, India Syndicate

Olympics: Saina Nehwal loses to Yihan

It was billed as the biggest battle for Saina Nehwal in Olympics 2012 but it proved to be one-way traffic. Saina was outclassed in every department by world no.1 Wang Yihan in the first semi-final. Saina lost 13-21, 13-21 and will now meet Wang Xin for the bronze medal.


Live Blog: Saina Nehwal versus Wang Yihan

It has been a disappointing day at the office for Saina Nehwal. She had her brief moments but that was it. Nothing worked for her today. Yihan, on the other hand was at her murderous best. She dished out attacking stuff and used her height to get some great court coverage. With the defeat, Saina is now out of reckoning for a Gold or Silver medal but is very much alive as far as the Bronze is concerned. She will be playing another Chinese for the bronze medal. Whether it is Wang Xin or Li Xuerui, we will know in some time.

Hope you enjoyed our coverage of the first semi-final of the women's singles event from Wembley. From all of us here at MSN India, it's goodbye!

Key match statistics

SainaCriteriaYihan
1Biggest lead9
9Points with service24
17Points without service18

Match score
21-13, 21-13

02.15 pm - Remarkable period of play for Yihan. She is back at dictating terms and closes out the match in style. Saina dropped shoulders immediately after the mini-break and she just didn't have time and energy to get back into the match. Yihan picks 10 of the last 11 points on offer in this game.

That is incredible. Wang Yihan is through to the final of London 2012 women's singles badminton event.

Breaking News: Saina Nehwal loses to Wang Yihan in the first semi-final
Breaking News: Saina Nehwal loses to Wang Yihan in the first semi-final
Breaking News: Saina Nehwal loses to Wang Yihan in the first semi-final


2nd Game: Saina 12-15 Yihan
1st Game won by Yihan 21-13
02.10 pm
- It is a see-saw battle out in the first semi-final but Saina is letting herself down by giving away a couple of cheap points. At the same time, we have Yihan stepping up the intensity several notches within few minutes. Almost wanting to get done with this in the second game itself. Four points in a row for the world no.1 helps her grab a vital 15-12 lead.

2nd Game: Saina 11-10 Yihan
1st Game won by Yihan 21-13
02.05 pm
- Best period of the match so far for Saina. She has stepped up the ante and the crowd at the Wembley Arena are fully behind the Indian. It is almost as if they want to see the Chinese dominance of sport end. Well, call it what you want but the two players out in the middle are giving a great exhibition of high quality badminton. A couple of brilliant points ensure Saina heads into the mini-break of second game with a slender lead of 1 point.

2nd Game: Saina 6-7 Yihan
1st Game won by Yihan 21-13
02.00 pm
- Saina starts off quite well in the second game but the intensity is missing. She concedes four points in a row after grabbing an early lead and that isn't a very promising sign. Can she regain her composure? The match isn't lost by any stretch of imagination. Saina needs to display killer instinct and reel off a few points. Interestingly, as we write this, Saina does just that and keeps Yihan engaged in long rallies. Court coverage is proving to be a big difference at the moment. Yihan looks very good at it thanks to her height advantage.

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