Saina Nehwal wins Singapore Open
The triumph over her Chinese Taipei opponent Tzu Ying Tai in the Singapore Super Series badminton tournament has brought the crown to Saina Nehwal. In last June she achieved the Indonesian Super Series. The in-form Saina came out from the 18-18 level in the first game with sheer determination followed by superb display of her strategy and won the game 21-18. The second game was comparatively easier, which she won 21-15 making it a straight set win leaving the need for third game futile. She took just a little more than half an hour to clinch the crown at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Other Indian players in the same tournament lost their places by the semifinal stage. The 6th seeded 20 years old Saina expected to face tough opposition, as there were two good Chinese players in the tournament.
Before appearing in the Singapore Super Series, she won the India Open Grand Prix one week back. The small gap between these two tournaments might had helped her continue the tempo that started in the previous tournament, as she expressed her confidence level enhanced after winning the Indian Open Grand Prix.
Down from 8-14 to 18-18, and then to 21-18, Saina has showed her resolve that she has the ability to turn the table at the adverse moment. It is obvious her world ranking would improve after this win, which is still not known. She is now looking forward on World Championship and the Commonwealth Games. The next tournament for her is the Indonesian Open that would commence on 23rd of this month.
V. K. Verma, the President of the BAI (Badminton association of India) is optimistic about Saina and hope she achieve the gold medal in the 2012 Olympics.