Saina Nehwal storms into India Open semis

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Saina Nehwal storms into India Open semis

Nehwal, who reached the final of the prestigious All-England Championship this month, is expected to snatch the number one spot if she wins the $250,000 Super Series tournament in front of a home crowd.

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Published: Sat 28 Mar 2015, 2:52 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 11:41 PM

Saina Nehwal plays against Ramadhini Hana. — PTI

Saina Nehwal plays against Ramadhini Hana. — PTI

New Delhi: Saina Nehwal stormed into the women’s singles semifinals at the India Open badminton tournament on Friday, with the home crowd favourite expected to snatch the world number one spot if she wins the title.

Nehwal, currently ranked number two in the world, defeated unseeded Indonesian Hana Ramadhini, who looked impressive but lost to the Olympic bronze medallist 21-15, 21-12 in a 40-minute contest. The 25-year-old Indian started off aggressively in the first game with seven straight points before Ramadhini came back to draw level, before eventually struggling to find answers to Nehwal’s fast pace.

Nehwal, who reached the final of the prestigious All-England Championship this month, is expected to snatch the number one spot if she wins the $250,000 Super Series tournament in front of a home crowd.

World number four Carolina Marin of Spain also booked a place in the semifinals with a 21-15, 17-21, 21-15 victory over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.  



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