Saina Nehwal lost to Nozomi Okuhara (Japan) who is a single specialist and known for her speed in Jakarta Palembang 18th Asian Games 2018. Initially after having an upper hand with 4 points in second part of the game, Saina proved inconsistent in keeping the lead and lost to Okuhara by 11-21 25-23 16-21 points.
Nehwal although looked in good momentum during second game, was not able to contain her mistakes and lost the advantage. Okuhara appeared well contained all throughout the game and was also playing with great discipline.
This has left India knocked out of Women’s Badminton team in the Asian Games 2018.