Saina Nehwal showed she is in a rich vein of form as she breezed past her Thai opponent Pornpawee Chochuwong in straight games to make a second semifinal appearance in as many weeks.
The Indian took just 33 minutes to demolish the Thai’s challenge and continued her domination on the Thai with an unbeatable 4-0 win-loss record. Saina won the quarter-final 21-7, 21-18.
World No. 9 Saina was in red hot form and did not yield an inch in the opening game as she raced to the 2-minute mid-game break at 11-4 in no time. She continued her onslaught after the break also as she finished the game at 21-7 without breaking any sweat.
The second game though saw the Thai surge ahead after opening few exchanges at 8-4. But after the mid-game break, where the Indian was down 9-11, she soon matched the Thai point for a point and leveled the score 17-17. With a 3-point streak the Indian reached the game point and after surviving one game point the Thai ran out of luck as Saina finished the match at 21-18.
Saina who did not have an as good a year on the court in 2018 is making amends with a decent opening to the season. Last week, she made it to the semifinal of the Malaysia Masters where she lost to Olympic Champion Carolina Marin in straight games.
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