Denmark Open: Saina sails into final; Srikanth out

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Denmark Open: Saina sails into final; Srikanth out

Denmark Open: Saina sails into final; Srikanth outManne RatnakarSaina Nehwal was one step away from winning her first major title in two years at the Denmark Open in Odense. However, Kidambi Srikanth was dethroned in the semifinal by world champion Kento Momota of Japan 16-21, 12-21. | TNN | Updated: Oct 21, 2018, 10:35 IST

Highlights

  1. Saina steamrolled Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in just 30 minutes to book a final berth against Tai Tzu Ying.
  2. Saina told Badminton Europe that she is happy to be in a final after a long gap.
  3. Kidambi Srikanth lost in the semifinal against world champion Kento Momota.
Saina Nehwal returns a shot against Gregoria Mariska Tunjung during their semi-final match at the    Denmark Open. (AFP Photo)Saina Nehwal returns a shot against Gregoria Mariska Tunjung during their semi-final match at the Denmark Open. (AFP Photo)Saina Nehwal was one step away from winning her first major title in two years at the Denmark Open in Odense.
However, Kidambi Srikanth was dethroned in the semifinal by world champion Kento Momota of Japan 16-21, 12-21. Momota was at his retrieving best in the semifinal.
Saina steamrolled reigning junior world champion Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia 21-11, 21-12 in just 30 minutes to book a final berth against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.
Saina told Badminton Europe that she is happy to be in a final after a long gap. "I feel great to be playing finals. After the surgery I have not been getting my rhythm. But after the Asian Games, I started playing well and moving well. E ven at the Korea Open I lost a very close match against Okuhara. She went on to win that tournament. I had to be patient and here I am playing the finals. Belief makes a lot of difference," Saina said, adding that semifinal is not as easy as the scoreline suggests.
"It's not easy to play someone who plays so many tricky shots. It was tough but I was able to pick those shots. I moved well and my shots were much more sharper."
Incidentally, this was Saina's first Super Series final in two years after she won the Australian Open. The 28-yearold, who was in full flow against Japanese shuttlers Akane Yamaguchi in second round and Nozomi Okuhara in the quarters, was at her best against Mariska on Saturday.
The world No.19 Indonesian, who has never beaten a top ranked player so far, proved no match for the Indian. Saina toyed with Mariska.
Women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy went down to top seeds Yuki Fukushima and Say aka Hirota of Japan 14-21, 12-21.
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