Saina completes a hat-trick

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Jakarta: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal continued her rampaging form as she completed a spectacular hat-trick of titles by clinching the Indonesia Open Super Series with a three-game triumph over Japan’s Sayaka Sato here on June 27.

Unbeaten for the past three weeks, the top-seeded defending champion defeated her unseeded, but resolute rival 21-19, 13-21, 21-11 in a rollercoaster encounter that lasted 45 minutes.

This was Saina’s third successive title, having won the Indian Open Grand Prix at home and the Singapore Open Super Series tournament recently. This is also the 20-year-old World No. 3’s third Super Series title overall.

A jubilant Saina let out a huge scream after winning the title, which also made her richer by $18,750.

“The number one spot is not too far,” she said.

Asked whether she expected the unbeaten run, Saina said, “I never expected to win three tournaments in a row and this has helped my confidence.
“It’s a memorable victory for me. I really enjoyed every day of being here,” she said.

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