Saina crashes out of Korea Open badminton

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Seoul, Sep 28 (IANS) Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal bowed out of the Korea Open, losing to third seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the quarter-finals here on Friday.

Okuhara took around one hour to beat Saina 15-21, 21-15, 22-20.

After losing the first game, Okuhara bounced back in style and bagged the second and third games to enter the semi-final.

Fifth seed Saina failed to to match the pace of her opponent and got beaten in a marathon match.

With this result, India’s campaign in the Korea Open ended.

The Japanese shuttler will now face her compatriot and top seed Akane Yamaguchi on Saturday.

–IANS

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