Jakarta: Defending champion Saina Nehwal
remained on course for her second successive Super Series
title by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open
here on Thursday.
The 20-year-old top-seed, who won the Singapore Open last
week, defeated Bulgaria`s Petya Nedelcheva 21-12, 21-17 in just
29 minutes to continue her unbeaten run of the past two weeks.
The Indian stuck to her strategy of engaging her
opponents in long rallies and out of the 33 that were played
in the opening game, Saina outwitted Nedelcheva on 21
occassions to go one up.
The second game was a closer affair as Nedelcheva clawed
her way back but Saina quelled the late challenge to wrap it
up under half an hour.
She will now be up against the winner of the other
pre-quarterfinal between Russian Ella Diehl and local
favourite Maria Febe Kusumastuti.
Before winning the Singapore Open last week, Saina had
clinched the India Open Grand Prix title.
If she goes the whole hog this week as well, Saina would
add a third Super Series title to her kitty.
Her world ranking has already soared to a career-high
third after last week`s triumph in Singapore and is expected
to get even better if she continues her victory march this