Asian Games: Saina Nehwal enters quarterfinals

DN Bureau

Saina Nehwal on Saturday qualified for the quarterfinals of women's singles in the ongoing 18th edition of Asian Games when she defeated Indonesia's Fitriani.

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal

Jakarta: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Saturday qualified for the quarterfinals of women's singles in the ongoing 18th edition of Asian Games when she defeated Indonesia's Fitriani by 21-6, 21-14 in straight sets.

The 28-year-old Hyderabad shuttler was dominant right from the beginning of the game, as she displayed a range of her attacking shots to leave Fitriani in a spot of bother. The Indonesian shuttler struggled especially in the first set as she failed to counter the impressive shots of Nehwal.

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Although Fitriani maintained a lead of 7-4 in the second set, Nehwal soon overtook her to breeze through a comfortable victory in a match that lasted for just half an hour.

India is now standing at the ninth position with a total medal tally of 25 - six gold, five silver and 14 bronze.

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