Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Saina in Beijing Olympics Quarterfinals

Saina Nehwal of India has moved into the quarterfinals of the Women’s Singles Badminton in the Beijing Olympics 2008. The Indians had much to cheer yesterday, thanks to the "Golden Son of India" Abhinav Bindra. And the unseeded Saina made it a double joy by performing above expectations.

The Match
The 18 year old girl from Hyderabad entered the quarterfinals by beating the 4th seed Wang Chen from Hong Kong. World No. 6 Wang Chen lost the first game 21-19 to Saina Nehwal, though at one stage the score read 19-16 in favour of the veteran. Wang regained her momentum by winning the second set 21-11. However, Saina had the last laugh as she led 6-0 at the beginning of the tiebreaker and kept this lead to win the game 21-19, 11-21, 21-11.

The Progress So far
Earlier, in the round of 64, Saina had an easy win over the Russian Karachkova Ella 21-9, 21-8. She followed it up with another easy win over the Ukrainian Gryga Larysa 21-18, 21-10.

What Next?
Saina, currently ranked No. 15 in the World, will face Indonesian Maria Kristin Yulianti, World No. 21, in the quarterfinals. The unseeded Maria Kristin has an upset win over sixth seeded Tine Rasmussen from Denmark in the pre-quarterfinals. Tine Rasmussen is currently ranked No. 4 in the world.

India will hope for another medal with the excellent performance from Saina so far. This blog wishes Saina to make it to the semi-finals. Go Saina! Get another gold for India and be the "Golden Daughter of India".


  1. Hi! This post on the Olympics is great – thanks. Did you know you can grab live images from www.picapp.com - Check it out!

  2. Hi Shay,

    Thanks for your comments. And double thanks for referring picApp to me. I find it useful and immediately started using it. You can see the image from picApp in my latest post on Olympics.