Saina scraped past Marin 19-21 25-23 21-16 in a see-saw battle; Kashyap defeated Srikanth.
Saina didn’t have to break much sweat as she disposed off 4th seed Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand 21-10 21-16.
PV Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram lost their respective women’s and men’s singles semi-finals in Kuching on Saturday.
Saina had stated that the BAI had recommended her name for the award in August last year but the Ministry rejected her application.
Saina, on Saturday, had expressed disappointment that the ministry chose to reject her name.
Indian badminton’s newest star, PV Sindhu, tells Shivani Naik about the past year and how she is gearing up for 2015.
The only Indian badminton player to win a medal at the Olympics, Saina was awarded the Khel Ratna in 2010.
Kidambi Srikanth ended the season by becoming only the third Indian male shuttler to break into the top-five.
BWF provisionally suspended Lee last month after the shuttler tested positive for the illegal anti-inflammatory drug.
After losing the 1st set Tai slowly gained confidence & put pressure on Saina, who suddenly seemed clueless.
Saina extended her domination over South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun with an emphatic 21-12 21-18 victory on Thursday.
Chief National Coach P Gopichand was also happy that Sindhu was able to round off the year with a win.
World No. 11 Sindhu prevailed over 91st-ranked, Kim 21-12 21-17 in the summit clash that lasted 45 minutes.
The second-seeded Indian prevailed over Busanan, seeded eighth, 21-14 21-15 in a 42-minute match.
Sindhu prevailed over the fifth seeded Chinese 21-17 19-21 21-16 in a match that lasted over an hour.