Saina Nehwal Settles for Bronze at Badminton World Championships

Published 08/26/2017, 11:05 AM EDT
Saina Nehwal


At the Badminton World Championships in Glasgow, former world number 1, Saina Nehwal had to settle for a bronze after being defeated by Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara. In a 78 minute long match, it was a battle of attrition for both players. But ultimately, Okuhara triumphed and became the first Japanese player to make it to the final.

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Nehwal started off strongly but was unable to sustain the same amount of energy. In the very first game itself, with the score reading 2-2, the Indian prevailed in a 32-shot rally and from there onwards she led 6-2. Okuhara fought back to make the score 5-9 and then with the score reading 11-6 in Saina’s favour, they took a short break. Saina later took the first game 21-12.

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In the second set, Nozomi started on the front foot and took a 4-0 lead. Nehwal fought back to level at 9-9. Some fierce battling later, Okuhara forced the match into a decider as she took the second set 21-17. In the third set, Saina went on the offense and took a 3-1 lead. But her Japanese opponent found another gear and banged in 5 points to lead 6-3. A few unforced errors from Nehwal gave Nozomi the advantage. From then on, Okuhara raced to a score of 21-10 to seal a berth in the final.

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