Saina Opens 2011 Kitty; Wins The Swiss Open

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal

Basel: India‘s Saina Nehwal won her first title of the year with a convincing 21-13, 21-14 victory over South Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the Wilson Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton on Sunday.

It is Saina’s ninth career title on the international circuit. She has won four Super Series titles, three coming last year, three Grand Prix Gold titles and two Grand Prix tournaments.

World No.4 Saina took early control of the match. She took seven points in a row from 6-7 to lead 13-7. The Indian then consolidated on the lead and won the first game.

In the second game, Saina opened up a 7-3 lead and never allowed the Korean to come back, taking a grip over the match and wrapping it up in 43 minutes.

It was Saina’s second victory against the unseeded Korean in as many meetings, having defeated her in the Indonesia Open Super Series last year.

After a fabulous 2010 when she won the Indian Open, Singapore Open, Indonesia Open and Commonwealth Games gold, Saina injured her ankle in the final of the Hong Kong Open, which she won, in December.

She missed the season-opening Malaysian Open and was rusty in her comeback tournament at the Korean Open, making an early second-round exit.

In the All England championship, Saina found her touch but then went down to Japanese Eriko Hirose in the quarterfinals.

She avenged the defeat against Hirose in the second round here and then went on to scalp Bulgarian Petya Nedelcheva, seeded sixth, in the quarterfinals and South Korean Joo Youn Bae, seeded fourth, in the semifinals.

Tags: , , , ,

Nupoor Bansal

Author:

Hey, I'm Nupoor Bansal, 20, currently pursuing Journalism from DU. I have always been immensely interested in both playing and watching sports. Like most other cricket fanatics Sachin Tendulkar is THE God for me. Badminton, Tennis and Football are the other sports that interest me.

Cricket

AajTak brings together a historic panel – 7 World Cup Champions on 1 platform

AajTak brings together a historic panel – 7 World Cup Champions on 1 platform

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on October 15th, 2014

The Legends come together on 18th Oct 2014, when India’s No. 1 News channel AajTak celebrates Cricket with the mega event – Salaam Cricket. As the countdown ..

Football

Dominant NorthEast United FC held to a 1-1 draw by FC Goa

Dominant NorthEast United FC held to a 1-1 draw by FC Goa

Posted by: Vatsal Asawa on October 21st, 2014

A goalkeeper fumble, a controversial penalty and a fine but unlucky display of attacking football in the second half – these were the main highlights as N ..

Tennis

Just another day’s work

Just another day’s work

Posted by: Renuka Raghavan on August 21st, 2014

Federer struts into the US Open, armed with the 80th feather in his career cap, with a Cincinnati win – incidentally his sixth win on the surface. Often d ..

F1

Young motorsports talents shine at Mercedes-Benz India

Young motorsports talents shine at Mercedes-Benz India

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on August 8th, 2014

Greater Noida: Mercedes-Benz India today successfully concluded the ‘Young Star Driver Programme’ Season II which witnessed young racing aspirants from acro ..

Boxing

ESPN STAR Sports Signs up a 5 Year TV Broadcast Rights Deal with Super Fight League (SFL)

ESPN STAR Sports Signs up a 5 Year TV Broadcast Rights Deal with Super Fight League (SFL)

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on March 14th, 2013

New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2013: ESPN STAR Sports, Asia’s leading sports broadcaster, today announced a 5 year broadcast deal with Super Fight Lea ..

Other Sports

WKL: Khalsa Warriors defeated Lahore Lions by 64-55

WKL: Khalsa Warriors defeated Lahore Lions by 64-55

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on October 11th, 2014

Bathinda, October 10: The second match of the day saw a neck to neck fight between the Khalsa Warriors and Lahore Lions where the Warriors defeated the Lions by ..

One stop guide to all the sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world. A true reflection of sports.

Copyright © 2012 | The Sports Mirror