Denmark Open Women’s Singles final match highlights:
- Nehwal lost 13-21, 21-13, 6-21
- This was her 11th successive defeat against Ying
- The World No.1 extended her record against Nehwal to 13-5 with the win with Nehwal last defeating the Chinese in 2013
Saina Nehwal’s abysmal run against Chinese Tai Tzu Ying continued in the Denmark Open Women’s Singles final with her going down to the Chinese for an eleventh consecutive time. Losing 13-21, 21-13, 6-21, Nehwal’s winless streak against the World No.1 dates back all the way to 2013. Earlier this year, Nehwal was defeated by Ying in the Asian Games semi-final encounter which Ying had eventually gone on to win the gold in.
Living up to her billing of the clear favourite going into the final, Tai Tzu Ying was at her ever best. Sailing to a first set win with ease, Ying not only dominated Nehwal but also outclassed the Indian. Ying’s shots repertoire was far superior to Nehwal’s. Boasting of a game that left Nehwal on her feet, Ying was comprehensive in her smashes, returns and serve game, one that left Nehwal bamboozled throughout the entirety of the first set.
The Indian, however, showed incredible fighting spirit to stage an incredible comeback come the second set. Nehwal who had made the final on the virtue of a one-sided semi-final against Mariska Tunjung whom she defeated 21-16 and 21-12 was in no mood to be walked over in the final. Crafting a hard-fought win in the second set, Nehwal roared back to leave Ying chasing points throughout the second set.
The second set was emphasised by Nehwal’s girt and determination. Leading 11-5, Nehwal was pegged back by Ying 13-8 before Nehwal steered clear once again to win 21-13.
Quick to rectify her errors in judgement that had cost her the second set, Ying walked all over Nehwal in the decider. Left drained and fatigued after her marathon efforts in the second set, Nehwal could not even come close to Ying in the third and final set.
An unspectacular second set soon turned into an impressive third one for Ying who showed the world why she is ranked as the best woman player currently. Destroying Nehwal with her array of badminton skills, Ying made light work of an opponent against whom she now boasts of a 13-5 record. Unstoppable in the final set, Ying raced into a 10 point lead which soon turned into a 6-21 stomping win for her.
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