Delhi: Defending champion Saina Nehwal reached her second consecutive
final of the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold with a straight-game victory over
Japan's Minatsu Mitani in the semifinals in Basel, Switzerland. The Indian
ace registered a 21-16 21-18 triumph over Mitani in 35 minutes to set up a
summit clash with second seed Shixian Wang.
The world number three Chinese beat eighth seed Inthanon Ratchanok of
Thailand 21-17 21-15 in another women's singles match on Saturday night.
Saina, who turned 22 on Saturday, didn't allow the Japanese to come close
to her as she opened up a 3-0 lead and kept extending it to pocket the
In the second game, Mitani showed some aggression and led 7-3, but Saina
caught up with her and then moved ahead to seal the match.
The world number five Saina had beaten sixth seed Xin Liu of China 21-12
21-13 in the quarterfinals.