Indian shuttlers fall in Dubai

Saina Nehwal and K. Skrikanth were both knocked out in the semi-finals at the Destination Dubai World Superseries Badminton Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

Srikanth fought hard in his first set against Chinese world champion Chen Long, but the world champion was too strong and posted a 21-18, 21-9 win over the Indian player.

Nehwal won her first set against Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying, but the she was outplayed in the second and third, slumping to a  21-11, 13-21, 9-21 defeat.

The ladies finals will take between Tai and South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun who eased to a 21-13, 21-13 win over Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.

Chen Long will face Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, who defeated compatriot Jan O Jorgensen, in the men’s finals.    

Following his victory, Long said: "I was slow to get into the match and Srikanth was showing skills that I'm not familiar with so it took me a while to figure out how to play him."

A dejected Srikanth added: "I should have won the first game; the belief was there and there were more things I could have done better with my skills. Also, my mindset could have been better."

Nehwal felt she was out of sorts, despite an excellent performance in her first set.

She said: "The crowd was again fully behind me but overall I felt a bit down. This does not take away any credit from Tai who can return and attack at unexpected moments. It was one of those days when stroke making was a challenge by itself and I felt a little tired today despite a comfortable first set."

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

Women's Singles: 
Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) def. Saina Nehwal (India) 11-21, 21-13, 21-9
Sung Ji Hyun (South Korea) def. Akane Yamaguchi (japan)

Mixed Doubles: 
Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei (China) def. Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (England) 21-9, 21-12
Liu Chencg/Bao Yixin (China) def. Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christina Pedersen (Denmark) 21-13, 21-12

Women's Doubles: 
Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (China) def. Jung Kyung Endo/Kim Ha Na (South Korea) 21-9,21-9
Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (Japan) def. Luo Ying/Luo Yu (China) 21-14, 13-21, 21-14

Men's Singles: 
Chen Long (China) def K Srikanth (India) 21-18, 21-9
Hans Kristian Vittinghuys (Denmark) def. Jan O Jorgensen (Denmark) 21-11, 21-17

Men's Doubles:
Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong (South Korea) def. Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark) 21-15, 21-16
Horyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa (Japan) def.  Chai Biao/Hong Wei (China) 21-18, 15-21, 21-12

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