Saina Nehwal storms into Indonesia Open final

Jun 17, 2012, 11:00 IST | IANS

India's Saina Nehwal marched into the final of the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier badminton event on Saturday with a convincing victory over South Korean Ji Hyun Sung.

 However, compatriot Parupalli Kashyap’s impressive run ended with a loss to local favourite Simon Santoso.

Saina Nehwal serves it up in Indonesia on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Fifth seeded Saina took just 50 minutes to dispose of her opponent 22-20, 21-18. She will now face China’s Xuerui Li in the title match today. Xuerui beat compatriot and top seed Yihan Wang in the other semi-final match.

Earlier, Kashyap lacked the consistency he possessed in the earlier matches and went down 15-21, 12-21 to the World No 9. The 26th-ranked Indian would be happy with his maiden last four finish in a Super Series Premier event where he stunned top seed Chen Long and beat another higher-ranked player, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark. 

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