After a stunning win over Chinese star Wang Xin on Friday, Saina Nehwal continued her superb form on Saturday,defeating Tine Baun of Denmark in the semifinals of the BWF Super Series Finals in China.
Saina Nehwal created history by becoming the first Indian singles player to reach the final of BWF Super Series Finals
On Sunday Saina clashed against world champion Wang Yihan of China. With 21-18 Saina was leading after the first game.
Saina with Wang after the match
However, Wang quickly recovered from the opening game loss. Her coolness under pressure helped her win the next two games and she maintained her undefeated record against Saina. The match lasted 71 minutes and was the longest of all five finals.
Saina was hoping to add Wang Yihan’s scalp to her impressive collection of victims – she has already defeated the other two Wangs – Wang Xin and Wang Shixian – but it was not to be her day and she had to settle for the runner-up’s purse of US$20,000.
The world no 4 is the first Indian woman to reach the singles quarterfinals at the Olympics and the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships. Saina Nehwal made history on June 21, 2009, becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, by clinching the Indonesia Open with a victory over higher-ranked Chinese Wang Lin in Jakarta.
2011 has been a poor season for Saina. We wish her a better luck next year and also congratulate her for reaching the finals of the BWF Super Series Finals.