Saina into Singapore Open semifinals

Updated: 16 June 2008 17:02 IST

Saina Nehwal advanced to the semifinals of Singapore Open badminton tournament, beating Firdasari Adrianti 21-16 20-22 21-16 in a hard-fought encounter.

Saina into Singapore Open semifinals
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New Delhi:

National Champion Saina Nehwal advanced to the semifinals of Singapore Open badminton tournament, beating Indonesian Firdasari Adrianti 21-16 20-22 21-16 in a hard-fought encounter on Friday.

In a fierce contest that lasted 47 minutes, Olympic qualified Saina pocketed the first game but the Indian squandered the lead going down 20-22 in the next game.

However, Saina got her act together in the decider and held her nerve in crucial moments to seal the third game 21-16 and set up a tough last-four clash with fifth seed and Athens Olympic bronze medallist Mi Zhou of China on Saturday.

Zhou beat third seeded compatriot Chen Wang 21-17 21-19 in the other quarterfinal.

Topics : Badminton Saina Nehwal
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