Denmark Open: Saina fails to solve Tai puzzle yet again

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Denmark Open: Saina fails to solve Tai puzzle yet again

Denmark Open: Saina fails to solve Tai puzzle yet againManne RatnakarTai was in her elements from the first point. Her crafty work at the net which is loaded with a lot of disguise and the accurate on-the-line smashes coupled with effortless retrieving ability earned her easy points. Although Saina upped the ante and played some brilliant smashes but Tai did well to protect the big lead she gained. | TNN | Updated: Oct 22, 2018, 09:20 IST

Highlights

  1. Once again, the world No.1 from Chinese Taipei proved to be the most difficult barrier of Saina's career.
  2. Tai created history by becoming the first shuttler from Taipei to clinch the Denmark Open title.
  3. This is Saina's 11th straight loss against Tai since 2013.
Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Tai Tzu Ying during the Denmark Open final in Odense. (AFP Photo)Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Tai Tzu Ying during the Denmark Open final in Odense. (AFP Photo)HYDERABAD: Saina Nehwal did her best, came back strongly into the match but failed to find a way to get past Tai Tzu Ying.
Once again, the world No.1 from Chinese Taipei proved to be the most difficult barrier of Saina's career. Though Saina won a game still Tai reigned supreme 21-13, 13-21, 21-6 in the final of the Denmark Open BWF Tour Super 750 tournament in Odense on Sunday.
Tai created history by becoming the first shuttler from Taipei to clinch the Denmark Open title. Though she won almost all the Super Series titles she had not performed well in Denmark.
On Sunday, she repeatedly changed her tactics to silence a deter mined Saina, who fought ferociously for most part of the final.
Tai was in her elements from the first point. Her crafty work at the net which is loaded with a lot of disguise and the accurate on-the-line smashes coupled with effortless retrieving ability earned her easy points. Tai was leading 11-5 at the break. Saina upped the ante and played some brilliant smashes but Tai did well to protect the big lead she gained.
In the second game, Saina pushed the shuttle back and hardly allowed Tai to come near the net. The ploy worked as Tai's returns looked weak giving an upper-hand for the Indian. Saina took a 8-3 lead and maintained that throughout the game. Despite losing the second game, Tai realised where she was not going wrong. And towards the end of the second game, Tai returned sharply packing the bird with a lot of pace.
In the decider, Tai got off to an early lead. Returning the shuttle with a lot of pace, Tai gave little time for the already tired Saina to react. By the mandatory change of courts, Tai was cruising ahead at 11-2. After conceding such a big lead against a top player it would require a herculean effort to comeback.
This is Saina's 11th straight loss against Tai since 2013. But the interesting aspect was that Saina managed to extend the tie to three games after three years. The last time Saina won a game against Tai was in December 2015.
Saina was full of praise for Tai. "Tai Tzu plays the third game with the same intensity as the first game. So I have to make sure that I should be as good as I was in the third game. I know it's not going to be easy, I have to work hard for that and be little bit more fitter and stronger for the third set," Saina told Badminton Europe after the match.
On how she was able to comeback so strong and compete with the best, Saina said, "I think the special quality in me is to fight. I like the fighting spirit of mine, whenever I am on court I like to win matches, I don't care whom I am playing against. You can beat the tough opponents only when you have the best game and improve in all aspects of the game. So I am trying to do that and whatever changes I could do in the last two months is working out very well," Saina said.
Momota triumphs
Japan's Kento Momota won the men's singles title with a 22-20, 16-21, 21-15 victory against Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in the final.
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