Saina Nehwal brushes aside Nozomi Okuhara to enter China Open semis

first_imgThe only Indian shuttler left in the tournament, defending champion Saina Nehwal marched into the women’s singles semi-finals with a comprehensive straight games win over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara at the prestigious $700,000 China Open Superseries Premier here on Friday.The top seed took just 42 minutes to ease past the World No.10 Japanese 21-16, 21-13 at the Haixia Olympic Sports Center. With the win, the World No.2 bettered perfect record against Nozomi to 4-0.The unseeded Nozomi tried giving Saina a fight at the start but once the Hyderabadi found her rhythm, it was a regular thing for her to clinch the first game.Saina was completely unmatchable in the second game, racing away to a 13-5 lead due to her swift on-court movement. Her drops and smashes also found the opponent’s floor as she sealed the contest on her second matchpoint.Overall, the 25-year-old Saina took home 42 of 71 points played in the match.Next up, she will be up against old foe and former World Champion Yihan Wang of China, who has a 9-3 record against the Indian girl. However, it is Saina who came out on top in the two meetings they have had this year.last_img