There is a good news for all top-notch badminton enthusiasts. First we were bombarded with the good news of Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth marching into the semifinals of Australian Open 2016. As per the latest sports updates, Saina Nehwal defeated Wang Yihan thus making her way to the finals of the much celebrated Australian Open. Earlier this year, Saina had received the much coveted Padma Bhushan for her serving and glorifying mother India with her valuable contribution in sports.
One of the India’s leading badminton players enters Australian open badminton finals
Earlier on 10th of June, Saina had outclassed Ratchanok Intanon thus making her way to the semifinals. Ratchanok, who has been the World Champion for the year 2013, lost the game by 28 – 26 and 21 – 16. The first strenuous match continued for fifty six minutes. This singles match took a turning point at the score of 18 – 16. After getting this lead, Sania saw the opportunity slipping out of Ratchanok’s hand. Both the players fought fiercely to get a grip. Despite disguised drops, covetous smashes and cross-court dribbles, Sania Nehwal somehow managed to grab the lead. In the end, Ratchanok finally faltered on a net error which gave the much despised by her opponent, first match victory to Sania Nehwal.
In the second game, Sania was able to easily take the lead with 11-7. This score then slowly advanced to 15 – 8. Ratchanok was not able to keep urgency in her shots and missed them one after the other. It seemed as if she had already given up hope on winning the series and finally Saina emerged as victorious with 21 – 16. Now she had to face Wang in semifinals.
Power of Saina
Though Wang Yihan battled was hard, it was just not her day. She was outclassed by Nehwal with 21 – 8 and 21 – 12 in the semifinals. Indeed her performance was much worse than Ratchanok. Saina sailed through first 13 points. She nearly toyed with Wang, giving her a crushing defeat. Wang who tailed far behind had just managed to score 3 points thus giving Saina, a great advantage in the first set itself. Saina used her badminton prowess and stunning reflexes to give a crushing defeat to her opponent. Her mettle was very much evident all over the court. Similar kind of action prevailed in the second match as well. Saina was easily able to gain foothold in the match with 11 – 4 in the beginning. She maintained her pace and finally defeated Yihan by nine points. Not only Saina made her way to finals but she also broke a stereotype. It is for the first time in seven years that an Indian Badminton player has managed to win over a Chinese player. This is also one of the greatest nemesis of Nehwal in years of her Badminton career.
She will finally face Sun Yu of China in the finals which are to be held on 12th June. Much to our despair, India could not celebrate dual victories as Srikanth lost out the match to Hans Kristian Vittinghus. Earlier, Srikanth had just scraped to the semifinals with a 21-18 and 21-17 lead. It was not a cake walk for him as he was thoroughly tested by Kwang Hee Heo. His performance was not very encouraging and odds were highly against him for the finals. His defeat was more or less expected. We Indians can now only hope for Saina Nehwal to make up for the defeat of Srikanth by winning the Australian Open 2016. Despite suffering numerous injuries in 2016, she managed to defeat two top-notch badminton gurus. We must keep our fingers crossed and hope earnestly for the same to happen.