London : (Excerpts from the match commentary)
Big match coming up today is the quarter final between Saina Nehwal of India and Tine Baun of Denmark. Saina who is world number 5 to Tine Baun’s 7, will be the firm favorite to win the match but as we all know, it is not over till the fat lady sings.
Saina who hit a purple patch at this Olympics has however, turned up in black today. And in fact, it is Tine who is the woman in blue. Whatever be the colour, one thing is for sure, the crowd assembled here at the Wembley Arena will get to watch a cracker of a match. It is a terrific crowd, terrific atmosphere.
Tine has won the toss and will serve first. It may just be a good toss for Saina to lose.
Saina is known to have an aggressive style of play. All I would say is if you got to flash, flash hard, Saina. She should play her natural game.
Saina is now leading 3-1 in the first game. Tine finding it hard to retrieve Saina’s cross-court smashes that are going like a tracer bullet. Mind you, Tine has loads of experience so she will not take time to get her eye in.
Excellent volley but this time Tine manages to get the shuttle in. Saina glares at the linesman and walks back slowly to her run-up. Her coach Pullela Gopichand is looking pensive.
Ah ! That was a nice drop shot at the net by Saina. So there you go, the doosra doing the trick for the Hyderabadi shuttler. I like the way she makes the odd shuttle to nip back. This is turning out to be a good part of the game for Saina.
Hyderabad reminds me of VVS Laxman. Saina too is very special like Laxman. Both use their wrist very well. Wonder if it is something to do with the Hyderabadi biryani.
Excellent use of the wrist in using that backhand. Saina has a good arm. My sense is something big is going to happen soon. We may see Saina cutting loose.
Ah ! that fell so close to the line. I have this feeling that Saina knew exactly where that line was. Tine making good use of her height and Saina not giving up, it looks like, this match will go down to the wire.
There you go, match point and Saina has put this one in. Game and match to Saina who is now through to the semi-finals of the London 2012 Olympics.
LONNNNNNDDDDDDDONNNNNNN … YOUUUUUUU have been an EXCELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLENTTTT crowd. And we have seen an excellent game of top-quality badminton today. But in the end, there is only winner, Saina Nehwal of India.
Well played Tine, what were your thoughts when Saina was mixing it up nicely.
“Yeah, you Indians make curry better than us Danes”
Saina, still some way to go for you in the tournament, what are your thoughts?
“If I attack well, defend well and hit well, I will win.”
That’s all from the presentation ceremony, back to the studios.