Wuhan (China): Indian star Saina Nehwal defeated world no.5 Shixian Wang of China to enter the women’s singles semi-finals at the Badminton Asia Championships here on Friday.
In a battle of long rallies, the 26-year-old Indian held her nerves in tricky situations to eke out a 21-16 21-19 win over former World Champion Shixian Wang of China in the women’s singles quarterfinal that lasted 56 minutes.
Saina Nehwal, who had registered semifinal finishes in the Swiss Grand Prix Gold, India Super Series and Malaysia Super Series Premier Open before skipping the Singapore Open, will take on the winner of the match between Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara and China’s Yihan Wang.
Saina, who had lost the last two meetings with Wang, tried to be patient during the energy-sapping rallies but many times she failed to control the shuttle and lost point by hitting wide and long.
With this win, Saina equalised 7-7 in career meetings against the 2010 World Championship bronze medallist.