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Fri , 19 Apr 2019



SAINA IN THAILAND OPEN FINAL

Bangkok: Top seed Saina Nehwal stormed into her second GP Gold final this year, after she beat third seed and local girl Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the semifinals of the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold on Saturday.


The Thai shot off to a lead, going ahead at 9-2 and 14-10, but Saina eventually caught up with her at 16. It was a tight battle from then, with both going neck-and-neck. Porntip had one game point at 22-21, but Saina reeled off the next three points to take the game.

She will next play another Thai, Ratchanok Inthanon, in the final. Ratchanok, a three-time world junior champion and a future star, justified her second seeding by overcoming former world champion Wang Lin of China, 21-13 21-19. Saina leads their head-to-head 2-1. They have played twice this year, and split the verdict.