Saina cruises to Indonesian final

India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal cruised to the final of Indonesian Super Series after a 25-23, 21-19 win over China's Lan Lu in the semi-final clash.

updated: June 20, 2009 14:55 IST
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New Delhi:

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal survived a gruelling battle with Chinese Lan Lu to advance to the final of the Indonesian Open Super Series in Jakarta on Saturday.

Sixth-seed Saina beat seventh-seed Lu 25-23, 21-19 to set up a title clash against Chinese third-seed Lin Wang for the final on Sunday.

World number three Lin beat eighth-seed Xingfang Xie 21-19, 21-13 in another semi-final.

In an edge-of-the-seat match, which saw fortunes fluctuating between the two, it was Saina who held her nerves to emerge the winner.

In the first game, Saina and Lu battled tooth and nail and were on even keel, moving from 13-13 to 23-23 before the Hyderabadi sealed the game.

Not willing to take it lying low, Lu made a dramatic comeback in the next game and raced away to 0-5 but the world number 8 Indian clawed her way back into the game to first draw parity at 13-all and then after more see-saw battle, pocketed the match.