Saina storms into Hong Kong finals

Zeenews Bureau

Hong Kong: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal stormed into the finals of the Hong Kong Super Series in Wanchai today by defeating Juliane Schenk in the semi-finals.

Earlier, Nehwal had reached the semifinals of the Hong Kong Super Series badminton with a ruthless demolition of her Asian Games-slayer Pui Yin Yip 21-11, 21-10 here on Friday.

Second seeded and World No.4 Saina, who went down to the Hong Kong player in the singles quarterfinal at Guangzhou, gave a commanding performance to wrap up the match in just 27 minutes against the World No.12 in the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

Saina has been in rampaging form this year, winning three back-to-back tournament in Indian Open, Singapore Open and Indonesian Open Super Series in June, besides winning the Delhi Commonwealth Games gold at home. She also achieved the career-best ranking of World No.2.

Saina is the lone Indian survivor in the tournament as others in fray in men`s singles Arvind Bhat, Parupalli Kashyap and Gurusai Datt have bowed out.