Saina in World Junior Championship final

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Saina Nehwal thwarted a spirited challenge from Bae Youn Joo of Korea to reach the girls' singles final at the World Junior Badminton Championship.

Saina in World Junior Championship final

New Delhi:

Saina Nehwal thwarted a spirited challenge from Bae Youn Joo of Korea to reach the girls' singles final at the World Junior Badminton Championship in Incheon, South Korea.World No 32 Saina, who etched out a stunning performance to prevail over the Korean 25-23 21-13, is now one win away from creating history.Saina, seeded 14th, disposed of Bae in just 35 minutes to set up a title clash with top seed Wang Yihan of China on Saturday.Yihan defeated Kim Moon of Korea 21-16 21-13 in the other semifinal.For Saina, the Korean was a tough nut to crack but the 16-year-old was at her aggressive best and played with a purpose."It was a good fight. The first game was long and was tough, but I played with patience and won. In the second game, I engaged her in long rallies and it paid of," Saina said.After getting 1-0 lead, Saina grew in confidence and went all guns blazing in the second. She broke apart from 13-all and did not allow her opponent any scoring chance from there on."We were tied 13-all in the second game, but then she started netting too often and I played my shots," she said.Expressing confidence with her current form, Saina said that, "I am happy to reach the final and satisfied with the way I am playing.""I have got some good wins in this tournament by defeating Indonesian, Malaysian, Chinese and Korean girls. I hope to carry the same form in the final also," she said. (PTI)



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