Superb Saina Nehwal Clinches Denmark Open Title

Superb Saina Nehwal Clinches Denmark Open Title

Saina Nehwal produced a near – flawless performance to register a 21 – 17, 21 – 8 win over Juliane Schenk of Germany in the final of the Denmark Super Series badminton championship on Sunday.

This was Saina’s sixth Super Series title, and the second this year, after the Indonesian Open win. The win made her richer by $30,000, while Schenk had to be content with $ 15,000. The World No. 4 from India was in irresistible form against an opponent who posed a bigger challenge than most of the opponents Saina faced on her way to the summit clash. After she survived a few tense moments early on against the 29 – year – old Schenk, Saina was a runaway winner as her smashes were on target and she proved superior at the net in the 35 – minute encounter.

Triumphant return

Saina, playing in her first tournament after the bronze medal – winning performance in the 2012 London Olympics, ensured that her return to the big league ended on a triumphant note. On the other hand, her German opponent, winner of the World championship bronze in 2011, ended runner – up for the fourth time this year. It was a dazzling display by Saina, both in terms of strategy and execution.

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Preferring to position herself in the centre of the court, she came up with the right response to the net dribbles and the attacking shots to the corners from the German. The final point of the contest, when Schenk did not even attempt to return Saina’s serve, was an apt reflection of the Indian’s domination. Saina said she never expected to win the Denmark crown and thanked God for keeping herself fit despite a niggle in the right knee.

“I must thank the fans, both Indian and Danish, for giving me the energy,” she added. “Yes, I had to attend a lot of felicitation functions after the Olympics and spent a lot of time off the court. “I am happy with the end – result on my comeback tournament,” said Saina.

Creditable effort

Saina’s coach P. Gopi Chand, who could not make it to the event, said it was a creditable win, considering the way she played right through the tournament. “The big difference I see in Saina’s game is that she seems to be much more calmer. Her smashes were sharp and her fitness was amazing too,” said Gopi.

“Winning the Denmark Super Series crown is a big achievement given the fact that the top guns of the women’s circuit played there. “More importantly, Saina looked ominous against the World No. 1 Wang Yihan in the semifinal before the Chinese girl had to unfortunately pull out with an injured right knee,” said Gopi.