Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saina Nehwal wins Silver at Li Ning BWF World Superseries Finals 2011

World no.4 Saina Nehwal finally ended her mostly dry run of this year with a bang as she clinched the Silver medal at the Li Ning BWF World Superseries Finals 2011.

Saina fought well in the finals stretching her opponent the reigning world no.1 Yihan Wang of China to three sets before eventually losing 18-21 21-13 21-13 in the closely contested final match. Earlier Saina had defeated world no.5 Tine Baun of Denmark in straight sets 21-17 21-18 in the semi-finals.

The BWF World Superseries finals is one of the world's most prestigious badminton events in which all the top badminton players of the world participate.

Compared to last year when Saina was on a roll, this year was difficult for her, plagued as she was with lack of fitness and form. Her only notable title win of this year was the Swiss Open Grand Prix which she had won in March-2011. She had also won Silver medals at the Malaysia open grand prix gold and the Indonesia open superseries premier tournaments this year. But other than these performances, most of 2011 did not manage to bring much glee to her badminton fans.

However with this creditable performance at the BWF World Superseries Finals, she looks to have got back the spark again, and looks all set for a great performance at the forthcoming Olympics which is to be held in London the next year.

While Yihan Wang grabbed the Gold medal in the Women's Singles, Lin Dan also of China clinched the men's singles title.

The results in the doubles sections were also mostly in favour of the Chinese, with the pair of Xiaoli Wang / Yang Yu winning the women's doubles title, and Nan Zhang / Yunlei Zhao winning the mixed doubles gold medal. However in the men's doubles with Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark overcame the challenge of Biao Chai / Zhendong Guo in the finals, to prevent a clean sweep by the Chinese players.

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