India lost hope at All England Open 2019 Badminton Championships as both the star players Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth lost their respective quarterfinals in the grand tournament. Saina crashed out by 15-21, 19-21 in just 37 minutes to the top-notch player in the World, Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan. While Kidambi Srikanth was thrashed by a margin of 12-21, 16-21 by World No.1 player Kento Momota of Japan in men’s singles.
Tai Tzu was vigorous from the start and did not give a chance to Saina to get back in the game. Taiwanese already took the 11-3 lead at the break, forcing India player to play weak shots but Saina fought back to reduce the margin to 12-14. It was a 13th straight defeat for Indian shuttler against the Taiwanese, who last lost to Saina Nehwal in 2015. Tai Tzu nailed down five titles last year and has beaten Saina nine times out of 10 meetings.
“You see the number of tournaments she has won last year, so it is not only the Indians who are losing to her. She is the best player right now. She is tricky, she is very focused and consistently reaching finals and we have to look up to her,” Saina Nehwal said on her defeat to World No.1.
During the second half of the game, Saina took an 8-3 lead as she was trying hard to corner the Taiwanese but Tai Tzu turned up the tables and immediately reduced the gap with her astonishing shots. Once Tzu took the lead of 14-13 in a game there was no looking back in the match. She became an unbeatable storm and clinched her hat-trick of All England titles. Saina suffered her seventh straight defeat to World No. 1 player at Indonesia Masters final.