Super Saina enters final

Super Saina enters final

London Olympics bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal stamped her authority to storm into the final of the French Open Super Series with a classy 21-19, 21-8 victory over German Juliane Schenk in the semifinals of the women’s singles here on Saturday.

Saina will take on Minatsu Mitani of Japan in the finals on Sunday. The world number three was erratic initially and conceded a narrow 3-1 lead. But she soon brought up her down the line smashes and tosses and engaged Juliane in long rallies to make it 6-6.

After the breather, the German moved to a 15-10 lead with a couple of points at the nets and back of the court. Juliane was brilliant in her returns but she failed to judge the shuttle speed and kept hitting long to allow Saina to claw back at 16-16.

There was a brief interruption after Juliane was allowed to test the shuttle speed following her repeated requests to the chair umpire and on resumption, she immediately gathered three quick points to move to 19-16. A delightful net stroke helped Saina to make it 17-19.
Saina then closed the deficit when Juliane’s return went to the net and then stamped her brilliance with two perfect net shots to nose ahead.

The first game loss broke Juliane’s spirit as she was visibly frustrated and it affected her game. Saina, on the other hand, only grew in confidence to easily move into the break with a huge eight stroke lead. 

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