It was the end of the road for India’s Saina Nehwal who was outgunned by Spain’s Carolina Marin 21-6,21-11 in just 31 minutes in the quarterfinal of the Badminton World Championships.
The seventh-seeded Marin completely dominated the 10th seed Saina right from the opening game not allowing her to impose her authority in the match. Marin picked up quick points in the opening game to race to 11-2 lead at the break as Saina struggled to get a foothold in the match.
The Indian, who looked out of touch also made unforced errors, which only helped Marin race away with the lead. The 7th seed managed to close the first game in 21-6 in just 12 minutes.
In the second game, Saina started on right on picking up two points, but Marin leveled the things after Saina’s unforced errors. A couple of unforced errors from the Indian helped The Spaniard to keep lead 11-8 at the interval. After the break, it was just one-way traffic as there was no looking back for Marin, who gave a few points but eased through to close the game 21-11 in 19 minutes.
After the victory, the head-to-head contest between the two now stands at 5-5.