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Saina Nehwal is back with a bang, defeats Indonesia’s Fitriani to reach quarter-finals

Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal displayed an extraordinary tale of tactics as she defeated Indonesia’s Fitriani to reach the women’s singles quarter-finals at the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta. Saina Nehwal went about her business and showed that what she is capable of doing and in the process, she outsmarted the opponent in less than 30 minutes.

She essayed a flamboyant 21-6, 21-14 in the Round 16 fixture. The game gets tougher and challenging as the round progresses and let’s hope that Saina Nehwal comes through with flying colours in the quarter-final match.

Saina Nehwal spoke about the difference between winning and playing with the opponent. Saina said that winning was a bit easy but she confessed that she played against the tough opponent who got enormous home support. Here is what she said.

“It’s an easy win but she is not an easy opponent to play with. She did well against (Nozomi) Okuhara in the team championship. There were pretty long rallies and the crowd was also supporting her. The conditions were also tough today, there was more drift,” Saina said after the match.

“All the big tournaments are tough to play, the CWG, Asian Games, World Championship and Olympics because you are playing against yourself. It comes in four years. It’s not easy to take in the mind and stay calm,” she said.

Written by Chaithanya G

Hailing from Chennai, Chaithanya G is the Managing Director of TheYouth. He has dedicated his whole life to reading and writing.

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