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Macau: Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal lost to Zhang Yiman of China in straight sets to crash out of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Friday.
 
The Chinese shuttler needed just 35 minutes to beat Saina 21-12, 21-17 in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles category.
 
Zhang dominated right from the start, taking an 8-5 lead early in the first game. 
 
Saina managed to draw level at 8-8 but Zhang won five back-to-back points to bolster her advantage to 14-8 before closing out the game.
 
Saina dominated the early stages of the second game, putting the local favourite under pressure.
 
The Hyderabad shuttler raced to a 6-0 lead before Zhang won five consecutive points to close the gap.
 
It was a neck-and-neck affair till 11-11 before Zhang won three consecutive points.
 
Although Saina equalised at 14-14, the Chinese star produced a five-point burst to clinch what ultimately proved to be a decisive lead.
 
First Published | 2 December 2016 4:17 PM
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