Ranjan Sodhi had disappointed the country after the hope of several million Indians were shattered after his elimination from the London Olympics in the double trap shooting event which could have actually gone as far as winning a medal. Saina Nehwal however had created history by becoming the first ever badminton player to reach the semi-finals in the Olympics. In her semis she would have to face the current world number one Yihan Wang of China.
Saina who had seeded 4th in the tounament had aggressively yet skillfully tackled her opponent from Denmark Tine Baun in the Wembley Arena where her mettle had overshadowed her nervousness in the game. She had won two continuous sets leading her to merge victorious. This is another level of improvement over her performance at the last olympics four years ago at Beijing where she had turned back home after her performance in the quarter-finals.
Baun, two time All England champion had no opportunity to fight back against the energetic smashes from Saina in the first set where she won with 20-12 lead. Baun had seen her position as an underdog and fought back early in next set while claiming a lead of 3-0 but the champion inside Saina has not settled for a single set. She showed no signs of lassitude as she paced across the court matching Dane and aggressively countered the play from Dane whilst taking the lead 11-10. Dane was equally alert and scored three game points after they equalized at 15- 15 pushing Nehwal back to 20-17. Saina had not yet succumbed to pressure winning 4 points in a row to go to the match point. With the next point Saina had created history completing the game at 22-20.
She has to overcome her greatest obstacle and the most difficult game against Wang. These two had come face to face in 5 matches earlier but the Indian star had never broken the deadlock. Let us all hope she would continue to create history and records in the days to come.