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Saina loses to Wang in Malaysian Open GP final

New Delhi, May 8 (IANS)
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Published on 8 May. 2011 11:04 PM IST
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India’s Saina Nehwal went down to China’s Xin Wang 21-13, 8-21, 14-21 in the women’s singles final of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold at Alor SetarSunday. Top seeded and World No.4 Saina gave a tough challenge to second seeded and World No. 3 Xin but lost in 48 minutes. It was the third time that Xin, the Guangzhou Asian Games gold medal winner, got the better of the Indian and all her three wins came in Malaysia.
Saina, who had a disappointing first round exit in the India Open Super Series last week, gave a strong performance and beat World Champion Lin Wang in the quarterfinal. Saina opened a 7-3 lead in the first game and pressed home the advantage.
Xin came back strongly in the second game and reeled off seven points from 9-7 to take it beyond Saina. The decider was fiercely contested with both players breathing down on each other’s necks. The Indian drew level at 13-13, before Xin stepped up and logged seven straight points from 14-14 to win the title.

 
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