Macau Open: Saina Nehwal stunned by China's Zhang Yiman in quarters

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Top-seed Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Thursday after she went down to unseeded Zhang Yiman of China 12-21, 17-21 in match that lasted 34 minutes. The Chinese girl dominated the match as she raced ahead 11-8 halfway through the first game thereby piling on huge pressure on the former world No 1, taking away the next 10 points easily, conceding just 3. The Indian lost the quarterfinals 12-21, 17-21 to end the year on a low as she will not be featuring in the World Super Series Finals in December as well. Unfortunately Saina imploded against her opponent who is ranked at a lowly No. 226 in the world ranking. She will take on Dinar Dyah Ayustine in the second round. Saina started the match on a strong footing taking a decent lead in the first game.

Praneeth is now the lone Indian survivor left in the tournament.

Kashyap, who is on a comeback trail, put up a gallant fight before losing 13-21, 20-22 to Lin Yu Hsien of Chinese Taipei in a 45-minute duel. With five straight points, she jumped to 14-8, before winning the opening game.

In the men's doubles, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy lost a hard-fought battle against Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya 20-22, 19-21 after squandering chances to win both the games.

However, a determined Saina dished out a more dominating performance in the second game as she zoomed to a 11-3 lead at the break. Zhang then brought up three match points and converted on her second.

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