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4 Indian shuttlers including Saina make it to semis of CYG

Pune, Oct 15 (UNI) Malaysia's Sin Ern NG faced a baptism of fire as Saina Nehwal handed her a defeat in straight games to advance into the semi-finals where she was joined by three more Indians in the singles of the badminton competition at the Commonwealth Youth Games here today.

The Indian took just 20 minutes to end the Malaysian girl's campaign outplaying her 21-13, 21-9, while Sikki Reddy defied a strong scare from Jessica Jonggowisastro of New Zealand 21-14, 22-20 to move into the sem-final stage as well.

In the boys' singles, Indian shuttlers Aditya Prakash and RMV Gurusaidutt also won their respective matches to reach the semi-final.

Saina was impeccable with her placements and gave her rival little to make a match out of it. The Indian was too precise with her smashes which fetched her 11 points, while her Malaysian rival had just three points from it throughout the match.

The Chinese Taipei Grand Prix champion, was grabbing the points in bulk even as Sin Ern was trying her level best but the effort was still not good enough against a shuttler of Saina's class.

The Malaysian girl was trying to outthink her Indian rival with some clever touches near the net but all that went futile as Saina was almost running away with the match.

The Indian was teasing Sin Ern by first forcing her to go close to the base line and then with some deft touches near the net took away the points much to the delight of the crowd which had gathered in good number to support the Indians.

In the semis, Saina will take on Man Shan Michelle Li of Canada who stunned fourth seed Panuga Riou of England to book a place in the last four stage.

Meanwhile, Sijkki, after winning the first game rather easily, faced an improved Jessica who wanted to give nothing away to the Indian and had roared back into the lead.

Trailing 13-19 in the second game, Sikki made an amazing recovery to clinch the thriller 22-20 which was enough for her to guarnatee a place in the semis.

In the boys singles, Aditya Prakash too had a tough day but the Indian kept his nerves under control to beat Wei Sheng Loh of Malaysia 21-16, 16-21, 21-16 to advance into the semi-finals.

The Indians' journey into the semi-finals continued with RMV Gurusaidutt also earning a place in the league.

He defeated Malaysia's Yu Sheng Welson Lim 21-14, 21-6 in just 20 minutes.


Story first published: Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 19:37 [IST]
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