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Saina Nehwal admits Carolina Marin's game was too fast for her to even think about next step

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Saina Nehwal admits Carolina Marin's game was too fast for her to even think about next step

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08/03/2018

After losing to Carolina Marin, Saina Nehwal has admitted she had no idea that the game would go so fast which didn't allow her time to think about the next step to take in the game. She has also added that it became very difficult for her to switch between a stroke player and pace player so fast.

The match between Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin went all for 31 minutes until the latter emerged victorious by a margin of 21-6, 21-11 to clear her way for the semifinals round. While it must have been heart-breaking for her, she became very generous at the end and admitted that she was thoroughly outpaced and outclassed by the Spaniard. 

Saina, just prior to the match, on Thursday evening, had defeated former world no. 1 Ratchanok Intanon in the third round. She said that she was unable to comprehend the change in pace of the two players, which caught her off guard.

“I did not know it will be so fast. Yesterday I was playing with someone who is a stroke player and that match was a bit late in the evening. Within few hours I had to play someone who was so fast. [Marin’s] game was too quick for me to even think what to do next,” Nehwal said after the match.

Marin is anticipating her semifinal match against He Bingjiao. During the match, she was completely dominating from the initial stages and continued her form till she won within 31 minutes of the match. Marin is definitely glad with the way she has been playing and so far she has given only 13 points at the most in the tournament.

“I think the best thing I did today was to control myself and execute my strategy against [Nehwal]. I feel I am one of the best players in the world in terms of speed. I could control the game with my strategy,” she told the reporters.

Marin would have faced Tai Tzu Ying in the semifinals, but an exceptional performance by local He Bingjiao has set a semifinal round between her and Marin. He Bingjiao defeated Tai by a margin of 21-18, 7-21, 21-13 in the quarter-finals.

“Everything can happen at the Worlds. Today the favourite to win the title lost in the quarter-finals. I am looking forward to the semi-final against He Bingjiao tomorrow. Even if it was against Tai Tzu Ying, I would have looked forward as well. It is going to be really tough but I will do my best to win,” said Marin.

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