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Saina in semis of World Super Series

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SHENZHEN (China): Saina Nehwal looks all set to cap a remarkable year on a high as the ace Indian shuttler reached the semifinals of the BWF World Super Series Finals with a fine straight-game win over Juliane Schenk of Germany on Friday.

Saina had her back against the wall after two back-to-back losses in Group ‘B’ but the London Olympics bronze-medallist made a remarkable comeback and put herself back into the reckoning for her fifth Super Series title this year with a 21-7 21-18 victory over Schenk in 37 minutes.

The World No. 3 Saina made a resounding start reeling off six straight points with a mix of her trademark crosscourt smashes and drop shots to which Schenk had no response. Saina was ahead 9-2 just five minutes into the match and swelled her lead to 15-7 as Schenk looked a pale shadow of herself in the opening game.

Saina did not give her opponent any chance to claw her way back into the match and reeled off another six points to pocket the first game with relative ease.

The first game saw Saina hitting six smash winners against three by her German opponent.

In the next game, Schenk looked a better player and used her on-court experience to perfection to take a 6-3 lead. However, her three-point lead was short-lived as Saina used her crosscourt smashes to perfection to reduce the deficit. In the semis of the $500,000 most prestigious year-ending event, the fourth seeded Saina will lock horns against the top seed, China’s Xuerui Li, who defeated Korea’s Ji Hyun Sung 21-9 21-12 in her final Group ‘A’ match.

This will be Saina’s second successive semifinal appearance in the tournament as she had lost to then World No.1 Wang Yihan in the final last year.

Saina also had luck riding in her favour coming into this game against Schenk. The only hope for the Indian was if Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand beat Tine Baun and Saina put it across the German in their respective Group B match. (PTI)

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