Two-time champion Saina Nehwal demolished Koreas Ji Hyun Sung in straight games to storm into the final of the Indonesia Open Super Series for a fourth consecutive year.
The World No. 5 Indian shuttler,who won the title back-to-back in 2009 and 2010 before losing the crown last year,had a little difficulty in disposing off her unseeded Korean rival 22-20,21-18 in 50 minutes. Saina will face fourth seeded Xuerui Li of China,against whom she has a dismal 1:4 head-to-head record,in the final on Sunday. Li stunned top seed and compatriot Yihan Wang in the other semi-final.
However,P Kashyap lost in the semifinal 15-21,12-21 to World No.9 Simon Santoso in 46-minutes.
Contrary to the final result,Saina looked a little sluggish against Sung initially,probably because of her energy-sapping quarterfinal contest against World No.4,Shixian Wang of China,which lasted one hour and 37 minutes.
But as the match progressed,Saina picked up her game and to her liking,Sung was erratic and committed numerous unforced errors. Even though Saina looked sluggish in the opening game,she enjoyed a comfortable lead before Sung made a spirited comeback with four straight points to level the scoreline at 17-all. From there on it was a tight battle but eventually Saina,who won the Thailand Open GP Gold last week,did enough to hold her nerve and pocket the first game.
Kashyap matched Simon initially but the Indonesian broke the Indian’s game plan and moved into the break at 11-10. Simon varied the pace of the rallies and pushed Kashyap into committing mistakes to lead 14-13.
Simon had a better idea of the court and made some sound line judgments. With Kashyap faltering at the net and his strokes going wide,it allowed Simon to enjoy a five-point cushion at 20-15. Following another mistake with a cross court net shot,Simon lead the match 1-0.