London 2012 Badminton: I was thinking too hard, says Saina Nehwal after her semi-final loss

India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was beaten in straight games by world number one Yihan Wang in the women's singles semifinals at the London Olympics on Friday but remained in the medal hunt as she will be competing in the bronze medal play-off on Saturday.

updated: August 03, 2012 23:12 IST
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London: Outclassed by a clearly superior rival, Saina Nehwal on Friday lost to the top-seeded Yihan Wang of China in the women's singles semi-final of the Olympic Games here, acknowledging later that the Chinese was "too fast" for her.

World No 5 Saina, the first Indian to reach the Olympic semi-final in the shuttle game, was beaten 13-21 13-21 by the world's top women's badminton player in a match that lasted 42 minutes before a packed Wembly Arena where Indian supporters outshouted the Chinese but that too did not help.

Saina can still hope to win an Olympic bronze in a play-off with yet another Chinese player Li Xuerui, who defeated compatriot Xin Wang in a closely fought second semi-final 22-20, 21-18, played immediately after Saina-Yihan clash. The Indian will meet the World No 3 Chinese in the play-off on Friday.

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