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  • BWF World Championships: Saina Nehwal misses 9th successive quarters berth after defeat to Mia Blichfeldt

    first_imgIndia’s star shuttler and London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal crashed out of BWF World Championships 2019 after squandering match point opportunities in her Round of 16 match against Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in Basel on Thursday.8th seed Saina Nehwal lost 21-14, 25-27, 21-12 in 72 minutes to the 16th seed Danish shuttler who held her composure even as the seasoned Indian shuttler had match points in the second game.The 3-game loss also brought an end to Saina Nehwal’s run of 8 successive quarter-finals appearances at BWF World Championships. In 2018, Saina had become the first women’s singles shuttler to reach quarter-finals in 8 successsive editions of the world meet.Saina began the match on a high by dominating rallies against the Mia as she had a 6-point lead at the mid-game break. However, the second game was a close affair with both the shuttlers trading points. Mia certainly showed better nerves even as Saina managed to save 2 game points before squandering as many match point opportunities.The decider was a one-sided affair as Mia dominated it from the word go enroute to reaching the quartrer-finals.Saina, the silver medallist from 2015 edition and bronze medallist from 2017 edition, has been nowhere near her best in the ongoing season despite starting it off on a good note with a title at Indonesia Masters.Saina’s exit means only two Indian shuttlers have reached the quarter-finals stages of BWF World Championships 2019.PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth only Indians in quarter-finalsEarlier in the day, World No. 5 PV Sindhu made light work of a challenge from USA’s Beiwen Zhang (21-14, 21-6) to reach her sixth successive quarter-finals at the world championships.advertisementSai Praneeth stunned 8th 6th seed Anthony Ginting 21-19, 21-13 to reach the last-eight without dropping a set in the ongoing tournament.There were disappointments for Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy. While Srikanth was blown away after an ordinary effort against lower-ranked Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand, Prannoy was ousted after a thrilling battle against World No. 1 Kento Momota.Also Read | BWF World Championships 2019: Kidambi Srikanth crashes out, PV Sindhu eases into quartersAlso Read | BWF World Championships: Sai Praneeth stuns Anthony Ginting to reach quarters, HS Prannoy oustedAlso See:last_img read more