A slow day for India at the Olympics saw as few as seven athletes in action, and the Men's doubles dream team of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were the only Indians to survive a rather dull Day 5 in Beijing.
The day started well with Saina Nehwal involved in a gripping three game battle with Maria Kristin Yulianti of Indonesia. In a match that lasted a little over and hour, Saina won the first game 28-26 overcoming some terrific back-to-the-wall play from her 23 year-old opponent who held off eight game points before succumbing.
Maria started off brightly in the 2nd game and raced away to a 21-14 response. Saina to her credit raised her level of play to take an 11-3 lead i