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    Default Indonesia Open: Saina Nehwal wins Indonesia Open

    India's Saina Nehwal edged out Chinese Shixian Wang after a marathon match to enter the women's singles semi-finals at the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier badminton event here on Friday. Compatriot Parupalli Kashyap also reached the last four of the men's singles defeating the higher-ranked Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.

    Saina, who could have sealed the quarter-final in straight games after having three match points in the second game, held her nerve to come through 21-17, 21-23, 21-19.

    The Hyderabadi fell to her knees when she converted her fourth match point and seemed emotional as she left the court after the 1 hour 37 minute battle.

    World No.5 Saina improved her record against Shixian to 3-1 and, prior to the match here, had defeated her to win the Swiss Open in March. She next plays South Korea's Ji Hyun Sung, who packed off Xin Wang 21-16, 21-17.

    Earlier, World No.26 Kashyap came up with another stellar performance in the tournament as he outclassed Vittinghus.

    Kashyap, who stunned top seed Chen Long of China on Thursday, took 39 minutes to dispatch a player ranked ten places above him with the final quarter-final scoreline reading 21-15, 21-14.

    The 25-year-old now meets local hope Simon Santoso, who beat countryman Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21-17, 21-7.

    A spring in Kashyap's stride was apparent after the thumping win against the Chinese. He was unstoppable in the opening game, hitting a remarkable 17 smashes.

    It was much the same in the second game as the Dane found it hard to contain Kashyap.

    National coach Pullela Gopichand, who watched the match from the sidelines, said Kashyap's performance once gain reaffirmed that he was capable of beating the top players.

    "It was a very different match from yesterday (against Chen). Today, he led throughout the match and was confident with his strokes. With the Chinese, you have to attack all the time but with Vittinghus he could also defend. He made good use of the court and the win yesterday has certainly given him a big boost," Gopichand told IANS.

    Kashyap has qualified for the London Games alongside Saina.

    Asked whether the performance here would bolster Kashyap's chances in the Olympics, Gopichand said: "Let's not think ahead of time. He is playing really well at the moment and is fully fit. Having said that, he is growing in confidence with victories against top-10 players."
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    Default Saina enters final, curtains down for Kashyap

    Two-time champion Saina Nehwal demolished Ji Hyun Sung of Korea in straight games to storm into the final of the Indonesia Open Super Series badminton tournament for the fourth consecutive year in Jakarta on Saturday.



    The World No. 5 Indian shuttler, who won the title back-to-back in 2009 and 2010 before losing the crown last year, had little difficulty in disposing off her unseeded Korean rival 22-20, 21-18 in the women's singles semi-final, which lasted exactly 50 minutes.
    Saina will face fourth seeded Xuerui Li of China in the summit clash on Sunday. Li stunned top seed and compatriot Yihan Wang in the other semi-final.
    The road to the third Indonesia Open title won't be easy for Saina as she holds a dismal 1:4 head-to-head record against Li.
    Contrary to the final result, Saina looked a little sluggish against Sung initially, especially after her energy-sapping quarterfinal contest against World no. 4, Shixian Wang of China on Friday, which lasted one hour and 37 minutes.
    But as the match progressed, Saina picked up her game and played well enough to secure a place in the final.
    To Saina's liking, Sung was erratic and committed numerous unforced errors that worked in the Indian's favour.
    Even though Saina looked sluggish in the opening game, she enjoyed a comfortable lead over her opponent till the first 17 points before Sung made a spirited comeback with four straight points to level the scoreline at 17-all.
    From there on it was a tight battle between the two players but eventually Saina, who won the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold last week, did enough to hold her nerve and pocket the first game.

    The second game witnessed a keen contest between the two players with none of them willing to give an inch to the other.
    It was an even affair between Saina and Sung till the first 16 points in the second game before the Indian surged ahead to 20-17 with some fine net play and then finally pocketing the game and the match.
    The day, however, witnessed mixed results for India as earlier another Olympic-bound Indian shuttler P Kashyap failed to cross the semifinal hurdle of the Super Series Premier event, losing 15-21, 12-21 to World No. 9 Simon Santoso in a 46-minute men's singles match at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

    Kashyap will next play in the Singapore Open from June 19-24 at Singapore City.
    Meanwhile, the Badminton Federation of India president Dr. Akhilesh Dasgupta congratulated Saina and Kashyap for their impressive performances in the Indonesia Open.



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    Default Saina wins Indonesia Open Super Series title

    Two-time champion Saina Nehwal staged a grand recovery to beat fourth seeded Xuerui Li of China in the final to win the Indonesia Open Super Series badminton tournament in Jakarta on Sunday.



    The World No. 5 Indian shuttler, who won the title back-to-back in 2009 and 2010, prevailed 13-21, 22-20, 21-19 in 70 minutes to claim her second title in two weeks, having won the Thailand Open Grand Prix last week.

    Li had stunned top seed and compatriot Yihan Wang in the semi-finals and had a 4-1 head-to-head record against the Indian ace going into the final.

    After the first game, it looked like the Chinese would improve upon the record, as Saina was always at the receiving end.
    Once she conceded a 0-4 lead she was always left to do the catching up job, which she could not. The Chinese girl took the first game in 17 minutes, winning 21-13.
    However, Saina showed her class in the second game. After the scores ran neck and neck till 7-7, she broke away, scoring repeatedly at the net, to win 22-20.
    The third game was a keen contest, but the Indian ace played her shots judiciously to race to a 20-16 lead. She broke away at 16-16 and though the Chinese pulled back a few points to cut the deficit to 19-20, Saina held her nerve to take the game and match at 21-19.
    "It was a really, really tough and I love the crowd here. It's really nice here. Whenever I enter the court, I feel like a champion here," said the world number five 22-year-old, who has earlier clinched the title in 2009 and 2010.
    It was a battle of attrition for Saina against an opponent to whom she had lost four times and won just once -- that too way back in 2010 -- previously.
    The start was ominous for Saina as she conceded four successive points. The two players seemed engaged in a battle of smashes and were at par with each other when it came to baseline rallies.
    But it was the netplay in which Li enjoyed the upperhand with her delicate winners that Saina found hard to counter in the opening game.



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