Sarawak (Malaysia), Jan 21: Former World No 1 Saina Nehwal advanced to the finals of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament at the Sibu Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
Saina registered an easy win in the semi-finals, winning her match against Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin in just two games 21-13, 21-10 in 32 minutes. She has also won all her previous matches in just two games. She will face Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand in Sunday’s final.
Saina took her own time to get her bearing against Yin, who raced to an early 7-5 lead and consolidated her position to reach 11-6 lead at the interval. However, Saina fought back and opened up a four-point gap a few minutes later. She went on to win the game 21-13.
In the second game, Saina continued dominating show as she won the first six points before racing into an 11-5 lead. She closed out the game 21-10 to win the match and book her place in Sunday’s final.
PV Sindhu has won the title twice, in 2013 and 2016.