India’s top shuttler Saina Nehwal cruised through to the semi-finals of the World Super Series Masters Finals by defeating Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia in the group league stage on Friday. Saina defeated Wong 21-10, 17-21, 21-16 to claim her second successive win that catapulted her to the last four stage. She becomes first Indian shuttler to reach thus far.
Saina lost her first game to Tine Rasmussen, leaving no choice but to win both her quarter-final league matches to stay in the championship. And thats what she did. She first defeated Hongyan Pi of France in the straight sets – 21-18, 21-13 in the first encounter of the day!
In the second game, Saina rode on her powerful smashes and opened up a nine-point lead at 13-4 in the first game as her Malaysian counterpart could not match up to her. The world No. 11 Malaysian tried to level scores but could not get past Saina who held on to her lead and won the game 21-10. However, Saina lost concentration in the next game and allowed her rival to open a four-point lead at 9-13. She ultimately gave up the second game 17-21 and allowed Wong to bounce back.
The decider match left everyone on the edge, however from 13-10 lead, Saina looked comfortable and finally won the last game by 21-16!
All the best Saina, hit the jackpot this time!