Thailand Open GP Gold: Saina Nehwal easily advances into Women’s Singles final
Saina Nehwal, the mega star in India, landed a title berth after defeating Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the semi-final showdown of the 2012 Thailand Open GP Gold at Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday, June 9.
The in-form Saina, who is World Number 5 at the moment, delivered a sensational performance and lived up to the expectations of her fans as she managed to win the battle in 42 minutes.
The higher ranked Saina, who is seeded at the top in Women’s Singles main draw of the event, started her run in semi-final clash in a quivering manner but found her flow and registered as inspiring victory over her rival in straight games.
In contrast, the World Number 17 and third seeded Porntip found a perfect start but failed to maintain her focus and lost to her higher ranked Indian opponent without grabbing any game.
Porntip commanded the pace of rallies in the opening game of the match and she did not let Saina to find a good rhythm.
Thai lady set up impressive gap of 9-2 on the score board by playing to her maximum potential.
Nevertheless, Saina increased her speed and reduced the gap to 7-11 until the one-minute interval.
After the one-minute break, the top seeded Indian continued putting up fascinating show of aggressive badminton and ended the superiority of her local opponent by reaching at 16-16.
Saina remained focused in the game and managed to snatch the game from her rival with a dramatic score of 24-22.
In the second set, the top seeded Saina was in different mood as she did not show any mercy to Porntip and set up a tremendous gap on the score board until the break by reaching at 11-6.
After the break, the higher ranked Indian lady was in complete control of rallies while remaining composed in the court.
The impressive Saina did not show any sign of urgency and played with confidence which helped her to wrap up the second set easily with a one-sided 21-11 score on the board.
Saina registered a superb victory over her Thai rival in straight games with an entertaining 24-22 and 21-11 score on the board.