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I couldn’t read Tai Tzu, says Saina after bronze finish


Saina Nehwal reacts during the semifinal match against Tai Tzu Ying, on Monday.
 JAKARTA, Aug 27: A 10th straight loss to the same opponent hurts and Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal today conceded that she has just not been able to figure out World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying given her huge repertoire of shots and an unpredictable approach.

Saina was beaten in straight games by Tai Tzu in the semifinals of the ongoing Asian Games, setting the Taipei player up against another Indian in Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu in tomorrow’s final.

“I need to be quicker and have smooth movements, lot more shots as well, to finish the rallies (against her). Somewhere she will catch you. Every rally is a different rally with her. Most players have set pattern but she has got a variety of shots,” Saina said after the 17-21, 14-21 loss.

“I definitely need the hand speed, bit more movement and not give her the chance to play her shots. There’s a special quality. She is someone who is not easy to read. Not all the coaches can read her. As a player I have tried to read but she always comes up with a new shot.” – PTI

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