When everything was going well for the ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in French Open 2019, South Korea’s An Se Young came like a storm and crushed all the winning hopes of the former top-ranked player. In the edgy quarterfinals battle at the grand badminton tournament in Paris, charismatic Korean Young outclassed the Indian superstar Nehwal with a close margin of 22-20, 23-21 on Friday. The aggressive Korean took just 49 minutes to wrap up the show with an impressive win against Saina Nehwal.
Right from the beginning of the first half Young seemed to look very dominating in the game and didn’t give any chance to the experienced shuttler Nehwal to take the lead in the tightly-contested match. This resulted in Young sounded with a 22-20 lead at the end of the first half.
In the second half also the outstanding Korean kept her dominance alive over Nehwal and comfortably took the lead in the head-to-head match. Despite putting her best efforts Indian fall short against Young and eventually crashed out of the ongoing tournament.
London Olympics bronze medallist Nehwal booked her seat in the quarterfinals of French Open 2019 after defeating Line Hojmark Kjaerfeldt of Denmark in the second round by 21-10, 21-11 scoreline. The 29-year-old star player continued her good work in the second-round match also after having an excellent start in the event.
In the straight sets of the tournament, current World No. 9 toppled Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong with a great margin of 23-21, 21-17. She seemed to be back in her attacking form in that match as she showed no mercy to the strong opponent in a two-set game. As a result, she emerged victorious after so many back-to-back defeats.
For the past few months, Saina was witnessing only disappointing defeats and nothing else but now in French Open 2019, she gained some ray of hope to bag a lustrous title after so long. But unfortunately, that too would remain a dream for her.
Besides Saina Nehwal, World Champion PV Sindhu also made it to the quarter-final round after beating Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min by 21-10, 21-13 verdict in the second-round match on Thursday. It will be interesting to see whether Sindhu will be able to clinch the last-eight round or not.