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Saina storms into Swiss Open semifinals

other Updated: Mar 16, 2013 23:04 IST
Swiss Open semifinals

Ace India shuttler Saina Nehwal was on course for her third consecutive Swiss Open title as she stormed into the semifinals of the Grand Prix Gold tournament after thrashing Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei here.

The top-seeded Indian outplayed her sixth-seeded opponent 21-11, 21-12 in the quarterfinal that lasted 29 minutes.

Saina now play fourth seed Shixian Wang of China in the semifinals, whom she had beaten in the final last year and against whom she has a career head-to-head of 4-1.

Malaysia hold India
A controversial penalty stroke enabled Malaysia hold India to a 2-2 draw in the final round-robin match of the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament on Saturday.

Malaysia will meet Australia in the final on Sunday while India, who finished last with four points, will play Pakistan for the fifth place play-off.

New Zealand will take on South Korea for the third place play-off. Mandeep Singh scored a field goal in the 20th minute and Rupinder Pal Singh's drag-flick in the 48th minute were the two strikes for India while Saari Faizal scored both the goals for the hosts.