India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal stormed into the finals of the Indonesia Masters World Tour Super 500 tournament with a win over sixth seed He Bingjiao in Jakarta. The two-time Commonwealth Games champion defeated her Chinese opponent 18-21, 21-12, 21-18 in the semi-finals in Jakarta today. .
This was the maiden meeting between the two players. It was an intense battle three-set battle before Nehwal held her nerves to win the match. The Indian shuttler will play the winner of the other semi-final between Chen Yufei and Carolina Marin for the title on Sunday.
The 28-year-old Indian, who was a runner-up here last year, notched up a 18-21 21-12 21-18 win over sixth seed Bingjiao, a world championship bronze medallist.
Earlier in the tournament, Saina had entered her second consecutive semi-final of the season after defeating Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-7 21-18 in the quarters. The eighth seed had started the season by reaching the semi-finals of the Malaysia Masters, where she lost to Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin.