Saina in Hong Kong Super Series semifinals
India's Saina Nehwal stormed into 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 in Hong Kong on Friday.other Updated: Dec 10, 2010 19:27 IST
India's Saina Nehwal stormed into 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 in Hong Kong 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.
She will now take on Juliane Schenk Saturday for a place in the final. Saina has a 4-2 head to head advantage over the World No 6 German and Saina has won all of their past three meetings.
It was not a comfortable victory for Schenk, who battled past Chinese fourth seed Yanjiao Jiang 21-14, 16-21, 21-12.
The other semi-final will be an all-Chinese affair between top seed Xin Wang and third seed Shixian Wang.
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.
First Published: Dec 10, 2010 19:25 IST