Saina Nehwal stuns World No 2 to reach Australian Open final

Jun 29, 2014, 03:36 IST | IANS

Sydney: India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal came out with her A-level game on Saturday to defeat Chinese top seed Shixian Wang and make her first Super Series final in 20 months at the USD 750,000 Australian Open here.

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal 

World No 2 Shixian fought extremely hard but had to relent to the continuous pressure from India's sixth seed. In the end, the scoreline read 21-19, 16-21, 21-15 in favour of the Hyderabadi, who won the marathon women's singles semi-final in one hour and 16 minutes at the States Sports Centre.

With the win the World No 8 Saina, who last appeared in a Super Series final at the French Open in October 2012, took a 5-3 lead in career meetings over the former World No 1. "Beat world number 2 wang shixian in a tough 3 game match.

Through to the final of the Australian Open super series," Saina tweeted. Saina will next face Spanish World No 11 Carolina Marin in the summit clash.

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