New Delhi: Saina
Nehwal won her first title of the season when she retained the Swiss Open
Grand Prix Gold trophy with a straight-game victory over China’s Shixian
Wang in the summit clash at Basel, Switzerland.
The world number
five Indian defeated Shixian, ranked third, 21-19 21-16 in a 48-minute
thrilling women’s singles competition to defend her title.
made a whirlwind start to the final, zooming to a healthy 11-3 lead in the
first game. Shixian reeled off four straight points and slowly made her
way to level the score at 17-all but the Indian made sure she had nose
ahead in the end.
In the second game, Saina had an early 3-0 lead
allowed the Chinese to claw her way back to 11-8 at the break. After the
breather, the Indian gathered herself and caught up with Shixian at 13-13
and then registered four straight points from 15-all to eventually seal it
The girl from Hyderabad, who turned 22 on Saturday,
Saina had beaten Japan’s Minatsu Mitani in the semi-finals.
Indian ace had registered a 21-16 21-18 triumph over Mitani in 35 minutes
to set up a summit clash with second seed Shixian.