Saina Nehwal former World’s No 1 India’s ace Badminton player put her best foot forward to lead India’s challenge at Korea Open World Tour Super 500 tournament. It was great start for Saina, who has been seeded 5th in Seoul. The 28-year-old Indian ace will faced two from amongst a trio of South Koreans in her opening two matches – Kim Hyo Min in the first round, and then the winner between qualifiers Kim Ga Eun and Lee Se Yeon.
Saina Nehwal, the ace player who has won Bronze in the Asian games and Gold in the Common Wealth games this year defeated Kim Ga Eun 21-18, 21-18 in a 37-minute women’s singles pre quarter finals.
It was quite a tough competition for Saina with Kim, she started with a lead of 10-2 but Kim also fought back and narrowed the gap to 8-11 by the break time.
Later Saina was in full form and she was in a lead of 16-10, but Kim did not stop she also played well and she reeled off straight six points and the scores became 16-16, which was a draw level. However Saina bounced back and scored her rest three points with no hiccups in between and she easily grabbed the she was able to win the first open Match and entered Quarter finals.
In the quarter finals she had to fight with former world champion from Japan, third seeded Nozomi Okuhara.
Both had a very good match and Saina had to a groove of the match slowly as Okuhara was in a lead of 3-0.
Saina gave a tough fight to Okuhara and she was in a lead, but the Japanese player showed her sporting spirit and she reeled off six straight points and finished the match surpassing Saina.