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European champs and crowd favourite fail to reach quarter-finals

Tine Baun was on a high on Saturday when she claimed another European title. On Thursday, she was brought down to earth by a Chinese youngster who knocked her out of the Yonex India Open in New Delhi.

Joining her on the sidelines is crowd favourite and former winner Saina Nehwal (below), who also lost in straight games to leave the home fans disappointed.

Chen Xiao Jia, who stunned the field in last week’s Badminton Asian Championships (BAC) by reaching the semi-finals, turned on the style once again to oust Baun (left), in straight games.

In China last week, Chen Xiao defeated former world No. 1 Wang Xin and former world junior champion Saina on consecutive days before losing to eventual champion Li Xuerui in the semis.

In India, she took out Europe’s most consistent player in Baun with scores of 21-13, 21-17 to set up a meeting with Sania’s conqueror Bae Youn Joo. The South Korean, who was runner-up to Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk a year ago, was in her element as she outplayed Saina 21-19, 21-10.

There was some consolation for India as P. V. Sindhu stunned eighth seed Sung Ji Hyun 21-17, 22-20 to reach the final eight of the OSIM BWF World Superseries tournament.             

Germany’s Juliane Schenk is the sole female European left in the competition after beating Thailand’s Nichaon Jindapon 21-15, 21-12 to set up a quarter-final meeting with former world No. 1 Wang Shixian.            

In the women’s doubles, defending champions Miyuki Maeda-Satoko Suetsuna survived a real dogfight with Indonesia’s Anneke Feinya Agustin-Nitya Krishinda Maheswari before winning 21-15, 18-21, 21-14 in 79 minutes.

BAC runners-up Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin Zhong upset fifth seeds Meiliana Jauhari-Greysia Polii 17-21, 22-20, 21-18 to move into the last eight where they will take on top seeded South Koreans Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung for a place in the semi-finals.

Also through to the quarter-finals are South Koreans Eom Hye Won-Jang Ye Na and Jung Kyung Eun-Kim Ha Na and two other Japanese pairs in second seeds Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa and Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi. India’s Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa round up the quarter-finalists.

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