London: The Wembley Arena in London erupted with applause soon after Saina Nehwal played a gentle cross court drop on the net which seazed the game for the World No 4.
Seeded 4 in London Olympics, Nehwal, outplayed her unseeded Belgium opponent Lianne Tan in straight sets. Saina won the match by 21-4, 21-14. With the win, Saina has kept the hopes of millions of Indian alive who were glued to their TV screens in India.
Saina showed the class she has been known for in the first set and took an unbeatable 6-0 lead. Tan, who was looking exasperated in the first, didn't have any clue to wonderful forehand winners and the net placements. She didn't even put up a fight in the first game as Saina was in ful swing.
In the second, the Belgium player showed some fightback and made Saina to earn her points. She pushed Saina to and fro around the court. She served deep and made her play more on the third line but Saina still came better off her. Tan lengthened the rally in the second that had more strokes than the 4 points that she made in the first.
The Wembley arena, which was jam packed Saina's fans was backing the Indian all the way through, she wasn't left alone in a forign country by emotional Indians.
Saina's whole family including parents and brother along with coach Pulela Gopichand were also backing India's star player. Dring the 11 point break Gopichand talked to the player about match's further strategies.
Saina's cross court smashes were good enough for the Belgium who twice also fell on the court. She showed great control over the shuttle thriughout the match. Saina will now be having tougher opponents to beat as the rest of the matches are not going to be this easy.