Saina Won China Open on Sixth Attempt
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Sunday, beat Japanese Akane Yamaguchi in the summit clash to win her maiden China Open Super Series Premier. It was her first title at the tournament in six attempts. Saina will move to number five in the world when the latest rankings are released on Monday.
Nehwal wrapped up the game in 43 minutes as she beat her opponent in straight sets 21-12, 22-20 to lift the trophy.
The Olympic bronze medal winning shuttler, comfortably pocketed the first set as the world no 35 looked hopeless to put up any serious challenge in front of the Indian.
The $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier is Saina’s second Super Series title this year, as she clinched the Australian Open in June.
Though, in the second set Yamaguchi upped her game and took the lead of four points at one stage, as the score read 13-9 in her favour . But then Saina levelled the score at 14-14.
As the match progressed both the players started playing at par with each other. However once the match reached 20 all, Nehwal used her experience with good effect and finish the game and match to win the prestigious title.
Immediately after her win, former India skipper Anil Kumble took to micro-blogging site Twitter to congratulate the shuttler.
The World No.5 Indian relished the fact that she had beaten three Chinese players on successive days to reach the title round.
“I never expected to beat three Chinese. I made some corrections since the Chinese players were catching me on some aspects of my game. I’ve been working on some drills with my coach. The approach has changed; beating three Chinese players in a row is not easy. I have also learnt a few new strokes. I never thought I’d learn them,” said Saina.