Saina to Play Top Seed Tzu Ying in Denmark Open Final on Sunday
- Saina Nehwal beats Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in straight sets to enter the final of the Denmark Open.
- Saina defeated her unseeded opponent 21-11, 21-12 in the women’s singles event.
- Saina will play top-seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the final on Sunday (21 October) from 3.30 pm IST.
Saina Nehwal cruised into the finals of the Denmark Open with a straight-set win over Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia on Saturday, 20 October. The Indian shuttler defeated her unseeded opponent 21-11, 21-12 in the women’s singles event.
Saina will next play top-seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the final on Sunday, 21 October.
Tai Tzu has an overwhelming 12-5 career head-to-head record against Saina. Saina last defeated Tai Tzu in 2013 and since then the Chinese Taipei shuttler has been victorious in the last 10 matches between the two.
This year, world number 10 Saina has lost all her four matches against Tai Tzu, the last being the semi-final clash in the Asian Games in Jakarta in August.
In the match against Tunjung on Saturday, it was, however, a cakewalk for Saina as she completely dominated from start to finish in both the games.
With Parupalli Kashyap, with whom she is getting married later this year, cheering her at the corner of the court, Saina reeled off easy points one after the other with her Indonesian rival not giving much resistance.
Saina was 10-4 ahead in no time and extended the lead to 17-8 before pocketing the first game in just 13 minutes.
Tunjung gave a semblance of a fight in the second game which lasted a bit longer than the first.
Saina took a 7-3 lead but Tunjung fought back to level scores at 7-7 but there was no looking back for the Indian from there on as she surged ahead with a series of points before pocketing the second game to win the match.
The World no 10 Saina had defeated second-ranked Akane Yamaguchi of Japan for the first time in four years in the pre-quarters. The 28-year-old Indian then registered a 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 win over world number seven Nozomi Okuhura in the quarters.