New Delhi: Saina Nehwal could not have won the Swiss Open title at a more appropriate juncture in her career. The Indian badminton champion badly and quickly needed to end her year-long title drought before the London Olympics. More importantly, she did it, breaking a Chinese code.
Saina had a nightmarish 2011, losing to almost every Chinese player she ran into, and now she beat not one but two of them on her way to the title at Basel last week.
Before that, she was beaten by Chinese players a staggering 11 times, four of them were handed by World No 1 Yihan Wang, who has never lost to the Indian. Worse, she recently lost to Yanjiao Jiang, ranked a rung below the Hyderabadi at six, twice and five times in all.