Saina clinches Singapore Open title

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Singapore: Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal clinched the second Super Series title of her career by winning the Singapore Open with a straight-game win over qualifier Tzu Ying Tai in the final here on June 20.

Top-seeded Saina took just 33 minutes to beat Chinese Taipei’s Tai 21-18, 21-15 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium here.

The World No. 6 bagged her maiden Super Series title in June last year when she claimed the top honors at the Indonesian Open.

In a match that was a close affair to start with, Saina was locked 18-18 with her rival after trailing 8-14 at one stage. But Saina clinched the opening game with seven smash winners to show against her rival’s three.

In the second game, Saina displayed a better net game and outwitted her rival in rallies to emerge triumphant.

Earlier, Saina rallied to beat fourth-seeded Lan Lu of China 8-21, 21-17, 21-8 in 49 minutes in the semifinals on June 19.

Saina Nehwal took a giant stride towards realizing her goal of becoming the world’s numero uno player as she jumped three places to a career-best third in the latest international rankings.

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