Top seed Saina Nehwal came through another comfortable victory at the China Open making it to the semi-final of the competition.
Saina Nehwal overcomes unseeded Japanese
Saina Nehwal has not won as many tournaments in recent times as the fans would hope. But China Open seems like her destination for success as the Indian would look to retain her title at the tournament.
In the quarter-finals Saina came across the unseeded Japanese Nozomi Okuhara. The Indian shuttler did not face much challenge from Okuhara as she registered a victory in straight games.
The first few points of the opening game between the two seemed tight. But it did not take the Indian too long to take complete control of the game. The last time the two were close on points in the first game was at 8-7, from that moment onwards Saina kept piling on points and increasing the margin to take the lead and eventually win the first game.
Playing the second game, Saina took complete control of the game aided by the fact that the drift was in her favor. She later won the game and the match with the final scores being 21-16, 21-13.
Top seeds eliminated
Other top seeded players in the women’s singles Carolina Marin of Spain (2), Ji Hyun Sung of Korea (3) and Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei (4) lost their respective quarter-final matches to the Chinese trio of Shixian Wang, Xuerui Li and Yihan Wang of China respectively.
This makes Saina’s semi-final outing a much more difficult one, as she will have to counter a tough opponent in Yihan Wang as well as a strong home crowd.