Saina Nehwal pleased with her performance after settling for bronze at World Championships

first_imgSaina Nehwal said she was pleased with her performance despite failing to make it to the final of the World Badminton Championships. Saina had to settle for bronze medal after losing her semi-final match to Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara.Saina, the 12th seed, lost 21-12, 17-21, 10-21 in an hour and 14 minutes to the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, who became the first Japanese to reach the World Championships women’s singles final.”It was disappointing to have lost the despite being a game up. But overall I am happy that I made it to the semis after recently coming out of an injury. I gave it my best and I am pleased with that,” Saina said after the match.World Championships 2015 runner-up Saina, who had a 6-1 head-to-head record against Okuhara coming into this game, started strongly, winning the first game 21-12 as the Japanese struggled to get into her rhythm.The 22-year-old Japanese struggled with her net play and a few erratic line judgements to trail 6-11 which became 6-15 before losing 12-21.Okuhara got off to a flying start in the second game, taking a 4-0 lead but the 27-year-old Saina fought back and equalised at the nine-point mark.Saina kept pace with her younger and sharper opponent but she got tired towards the end.In the third game, Okuhara completely dominated and her fast-paced game didn’t allow Saina to get back into it.Saina struggled with movements and failed to reach for Okuhara’s delectable drop shots.Okuhara, the 2012 world junior champion, raced away to an 11-4 lead and afterwards it was just a matter of time before the Japanese sealed the game at 21-10 and with this a place in the final.advertisement”She started to win long rallies after the first game and that was the main reason for her to make a comeback into the match,” she said.(With inputs from IANS)last_img