India's superstar shuttler Saina Nehwal has stormed into the semifinals of ongoing Syed Modi Championships at Lucknow. With some convincing victories up her sleeve, Saina faced Rituparna Das in the quarterfinals and went past her in straight games; 21-19, 21-14. In the semifinals, Saina will be pitted against Indonesia's Ruselli Hartawan.
Talking about the first game, Saina took the lead from the word go. She was confident in her style of play and dominated terms. At 10-5, it was Saina's game to lose. However, Rituparna stormed into the scene and ran her senior pro very close in the end moments. At 16-16, 18-18 and 19-19, it was anyone's game but Saina used her experience and composure to good use.
Saina had the upper hand going into the penultimate game. She was in no mood to change her approach and determined to end proceedings without a deciding game. At her dominant best, Saina made it tough for Rituparna and never gave a chance to level points. As a result, the second game went in her favor with much ease.
In match statistics, Saina led Rituparna 7-4 in most consecutive points won. On the other hand, in total points played (75), she was ahead of her competitor by a significant gap; 42-33.
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