Saina Nehwal, K Srikanth Through to China Open Final

Saina Nehwal beat China's Liu Xin 21-17, 21-17 to storm into the final of the China Open on Saturday.

Updated: November 15, 2014 22:56 IST
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Fuzhou, China: India's Olympic bronze medal winning shuttler Saina Nehwal reached the women's singles final of the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier here Saturday but the story of the day was Kidambi Srikanth, who reached his maiden Super Series summit clash where he will take on five-time World Champion Lin Dan on Sunday.

While sixth seed Saina defeated Chinese Liu Xin 21-17, 21-17 in 47 minutes in the semi-final, men's singles World No.16 Srikanth advanced after German Marc Zwiebler retired from the last four contest with a right angle injury when the score read 21-11, 13-7 in favour of the Indian.

Srikanth couldn't suppress his excitement as he talked of his next opponent being one of his heroes and that it was a "dream" for him to be facing the legend on his home turf. The Indian has lost both his previous meetings against Lin in the past.

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