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Saina knocked out of All-England Championship quarters

Last updated on: March 08, 2014 16:27 IST

India's campaign came to a premature halt in the All-England Badminton Championship when ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was thrashed by Chinese Shixian Wang in the quarter-finals of the women's singles in Birmingham on Friday.

Saina NehwalSeventh seeded Saina lost in straight games 17-21, 10-21, against the fourth seed, in a match that lasted 43 minutes.

Wang will next take on compatriot and second seed Yihan Wang, who beat Korea's Yeon Ju Bae 21-8, 21-13 in the other quarter-final.

Saina's trademark smashes were nowhere to be seen and, in fact, the Indian, a semifinalist in the previous edition of the event, failed to pull off even one of them in either of the two games.

The Olympic bronze-medallist, who entered the tournament claiming that she was back to her best after clinching the Syed Modi Indian Open, fought for a while in the opening game but collapsed completely in the second.

Saina was the sole Indian left in the championships as World No. 10 P V Sindhu found the going tough on debut and lost to Sun Yu of China in the first round.

Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters

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