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China Open title is one of my toughest wins: Saina Nehwal

Fuzhou (China): Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal yesterday said the triumph at the China Open Super Series Premier was one of her “toughest” and it showed that the hard work was paying off.

Saina Nehwal
India's Saina Nehwal celebrates after beating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the women's singles of the China Open in Fuzhou, China's yesterday.

World No 5 Nehwal had to draw from her reservoir of experience to stave off the challenge of the Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-12, 22-20 to clinch the women’s singles title of the USD 700,000 China Open.

Akane Yamaguchi
Japan's Akane Yamaguchi falls during her China Open singles final defeat to India's Saina Nehwal.

“I m very happy to win this title, my third in the season. It is one of the toughest. I have been working really hard for the last few months and I am extremely happy that my efforts bore fruit,” Saina told PTI. “It has not been easy for me. Vimal sir (Kumar) helped me a lot and it is a huge victory and a great feeling to win the title in China,” she said.

Talking about her opponent Saina said: “The Japanese girl is very good. She is young and she played very well. She did trouble me in the second game especially, but I am happy I could prevail over her. She is extremely talented and will be a force to reckon in future.”

About her future tournaments, Saina said: “I’m focused on doing to do well in Hong Kong Open (Nov 18-23) next. I have won the tournament in 2010 and I’m in good shape now. The confidence of this win will help me to do well. I’m also looking forward to the BWF World Super Series Final in Dubai. That’s my ultimate target now.”

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