After two golds at the Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, in April, Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal brought home a bronze but gave mighty hard time to her opponent at the Asian Badminton Championship in Wuhan, China – on Saturday.
Adding to the series of medals in April, Saina Nehwal grabbed her third international medal this month at the Asian Championship with a semi-final appearance at Wuhan, China on Saturday. In past one month, Saina has played a major role in bringing home the gold medals in the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia. However, things don’t often come easy for Nehwal, not even an assured bronze medal without playing it hard. At the semi-finale of Asian Championship in Wuhan on Saturday, the Indian badminton player gave her best to secure the third position.
Nehwal, after gaining experience from the two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast – she played a tough game and gave mighty challenge to her opponent Tai Tzu Ying. The audience were bewildered by the prowess shown by Nehwal on the pitch, breaking the years-long monopoly of Chinese women in the game with a tight 27-25, 21-19 match. The game may have ended in favour of the Chinese, but Nehwa l apparently broke the stereotype of badminton games being in favour of the Taiwanese girls at the Asian Championship; especially when playing against a player like Tai Tzu Ying who has just made her ninth consecutive win against the Saina and a 11-5 lead in the head-to-head record against the Indian.
While the Indian badminton player may not have clung onto her own No. 1 tag for too long, she’s a consistent thorn in the flesh of whoever carries that tag. Talking about the win, Saina Nehwal said, “I gave my best in the semi-finals against Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei), but she was really good at last.. Have to work harder to beat the best girl at the moment.. #badmintonasiachampionship2018 #Wuhan #Bronze medal.Thank u all for the love and wishes.”