Off-colour Saina Nehwal loses to Carolina Marin in quarter-finals

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NANJING (CHINA), August 3: Saina Nehwal suffered a straight-game loss to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the quarter-final match of Badminton World Championships here on Friday. The Spaniard dominated the game from the start and crushed Nehwal 21-6, 21-11 in 31 minutes.
The seventh-seed smashed Nehwal in mid-game with an easy 11-2 lead. Marin won the first game in mere 12 minutes.
Saina showed better fight in the early stages of the second game but Marin managed an 11-8 advantage at the break. The Spaniard stifled Saina with her stroke play and placement to surge ahead.
Marin gained 10 match points when Saina found the net and the Spaniard closed the match when the Indian went long again. (Agencies)