Saina Nehwal sails into Swiss Open final

Updated: 18 March 2012 16:33 IST

Defending champion Saina Nehwal reached her second consecutive final of the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold with a straight-game victory over Japan's Minatsu Mitani in the semifinals in Basel, Switzerland.

New Delhi:

Defending champion Saina Nehwal reached her second consecutive final of the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold with a straight-game victory over Japan's Minatsu Mitani in the semifinals in Basel, Switzerland.

The Indian ace registered a 21-16, 21-18 triumph over Mitani in 35 minutes to set up a summit clash with second seed Shixian Wang.

The world number three Chinese beat eighth seed Inthanon Ratchanok of Thailand 21-17, 21-15 in another women's singles match Saturday night.

Saina, who turned 22 on Saturday, didn't allow the Japanese to close in on her as she opened up a 3-0 lead and kept extending it to pocket the first game.

In the second game, Mitani showed some aggression and led 7-3, but Saina caught up with her and then moved ahead to seal the match.

The world number five Saina had beaten sixth seed Xin Liu of China 21-12, 21-13 in the quarterfinals.

Topics : Badminton Saina Nehwal
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