Saina Nehwal defeated Lu Xin in the semi finals of the China Masters semi finals here today in straight sets 21-17, 21-17. The Chinese opponent did her best to make Saina work hard but the Indian showed her experience to defeat the Chinese opponent. In the first game the Chinese lead at 4-1, but Saina came back to level at 7-7. At the interval Saina was leading 11-10. After that Saina took points at a stretch up to 19-13. The Chinese did not throw in the towel as she tried to comeback in the game. The Chinese 17 Ranked player did a good job to stretch the number 5 ranked player in the world. Saina won the first game 21-17. She used the referral system three times in her favor to take away points from the Chinese opponent.
In the second game of the match the Chinese opponent made a bright start to take a lead of 4-2. Then Saina equaled at 7 all. With both of players fighting for each point to reach 11-9 interval in favor of Saina. She did not allow Lu Xin to settle and forced her to do the errors repeatedly. The Chinese opponent tried again to comeback in the game but it was too late for her to come back in the game.
Saina Nehwal will play final against either Korea or Japan. Korean player is ranked 6 th while the Japanese girl is ranked 10th. It is a good opportunity for Saina to take the trophy. It will be morale boosting win for her and this will help her to do much better in the upcoming tournaments. Sports enthusiast must understand that the top 2-3 Chinese women players are not playing in this tournament. Chinese sport administration is giving a lesson to India and other countries, about the strategy of encouraging young players at home to come up.
Saina Nehwal performances in this tournament have been good. Her net play and smashes have improved. Her stamina and strength has been the main worry for her. Her main challenge will be against top Chinese player Wang Shixgan and other top players in the world if they play. Tomorrow’s final match will be her main challenge as she needs to focus on her placements, strokes and stamina.
India’s K Srikanth too made it to the finals of men’s singles and will face Lin Dan in the Finals.