India ace Saina Nehwal romped into the quarterfinals of the women's singles after notching up a comfortable straight-game victory over Dutch Jie Yao in the London Olympics.
The world No 5 Indian tired out the Dutch girl by engaging her in rallies and executed her strokes with perfection to emerge victories by 21-14 21-16 margin in a 40-minute match at the Wembley Arena here. After two easy matches in the group stages, it was a good
warm up for the 22-year-old Indian, who will take on either two-time All England champion Tine Baun of Denmark or Sayaka
Sato of Japan in the quarterfinals.
Up against the world No 20 Jie, Saina surged to a 11-5 lead and moved to the game point in a jiffy when the Dutch girl hit wide. The Chinese-born girl saved a few game points, mainly because of the error of judgement by Saina and a couple of loose shots but soon she pocketed the game with a beautiful net play.
In the second game, Saina brought out her variations and involved Jie in rallies to lead 11-7 at the break. Jie fought back to narrow the gap to 14-12 but that didn't affect the Indian as she moved ahead to 19-15 with a drop and then executed a cross court smash to earn the match point. Jie won a net play but with her hitting out, Saina burst into celebration.
Wrestler Sushil Kumar's silver Sunday made him the first individual athlete from India to win back-to-back medals at the Olympics and ensured the country's sixth medal at the London Games, its best ever performance in the sporting extravaganza.
Some of Britain's greatest singers and celebrities provided a touch of glamour and vibrance as London on Sunday
With high voltage performances by the past, present and future from the world of music, London bid goodbye to the Olympics with a stylish yet informal closing ceremony.
Usain Bolt took on the baton with a one-metre lead and powered away from America's Ryan Bailey to cross the line in 34.84 seconds.
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