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Saina to meet Tine in Masters opener

India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal will begin her campaign against world number two Tine Rasmussen of Denmark at the World Super Series Masters Final starting on Thursday in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, reports Anupma Tripathi.

other Updated: Dec 17, 2008 23:56 IST
Anupma Tripathi

India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal will begin her campaign against world number two Tine Rasmussen of Denmark at the World Super Series Masters Final starting on Thursday in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Placed in Group B, Saina will then take on France’s Hongyan Pi and Malaysia’s world No. 11 Mew Choo Wong — seeded fourth and sixth respectively — on Friday.

Speaking to Hindustan Times from Malaysia, Saina said that though it was going to be a tough outing, she was all set to take on the field.

“My opponent tomorrow, Tine Rasmussen, has an uncanny ability to beat the opponent with fast rallies, powerful smashes and an intelligent array of strokes. I will try my best (to outwit her).”

Saina last played Rasmussen at the All-England championship where she went down to the Danish opponent. India’s national coach Pullela Gopichand said that Saina needed to be patient against the Danish player. “Rasmussen is an attacking player, so Saina has to be patient and attacking at the same time.”

The first Indian woman to break into the top-10 world rankings, Saina got a last-minute entry after China pulled out of the prestigious championship citing a crammed schedule.