Saina Nehwal on easy street, gives opponent a chance
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Saina Nehwal is one of the favourites to land badminton gold at the Commonwealth Games but the world number three may have to rediscover her killer instinct if she wants to win the title.
In total cruise control during her second round match against Northern Ireland's Caroline Black on Monday, Nehwal realised her opponent was out of her depth and took it easy, flashing black an encouraging smile at the end of each game.
"I was encouraging her to play well," Nehwal said.
"I was expecting some good rallies from her, so I gave her chances to gain some points."
Despite taking her foot off the gas, Nehwal sauntered to a 21-0 21-2 win at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
"I guess she was quite nervous," she added. "The match was very easy for me. After the first set I thought it's an easy win. 21-0 was an unexpected score for me."
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Peter Rutherford; to query or comment on this story, email email@example.com)
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