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Saina reaches finals of Swiss Open

other Updated: Mar 18, 2012 16:14 IST
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Saina Nehwal

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 last night.

Saina, who turned 22 on Saturday, didn't allow the Japanese to come close to 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.

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