London Olympics: Saina Nehwal wins against Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland in badminton opener

first_imgStrong Indian medal hope Saina Nehwal began her Olympic campaign in style, thrashing Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland 21-9, 21-4 in a Group E match at the Wembley Stadium.Warming up for the bigger challenges ahead in London, the fourth seeded Indian did not go full throttle against the Swiss player who is ranked 72nd in the world.Saina , looking strong physically, did not launch her powerful smashes and was happy to engage Sabrina in rallies before clinching the point with a cross court smash or dribble.”I am happy to start with an easy win. These are the Olympics and I did not have any gameplan for her as I hadn’t played her before,” said Saina after the match.When asked whether she had adjusted to the conditions, Saina said she had no problem. “I have been training in this hall for the last five days and feel good,” she said with a toothy grin.The first impression of the badminton hall is that it is slow. However, Saina was not willing to comment on it. “I have just played one match and cannot tell you how it is going to affect my game. I will have to play at least a couple of more matches,” she added.In the opening game, it was Saina’s deceptive drops which had Sabrina in trouble.The lanky Swiss player had no clue about the direction of Saina’s deceptive drop shots. Time and again the Indian would wrong foot Sabrina with by changing the direction of her shots at the last minute.To her credit, Sabrina came up with a couple of stinging smashes. But these were few and far between as she seemed to be overawed by the situation. Once Saina took a 11-6 lead in the opener, the writing was on the wall. Saina went on to win the game 21-9.The second game was even more one sided. Sabrina’s game fell apart as she made a series of unforced errors. Before she knew what had hit her, Saina won the game 21-4.advertisementlast_img

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