Thursday, 14 June 2012

Saina Reaches Second Round In Indonesia Open Tennis

Saina Nehwal started her campaign at the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier with a thrilling three-game victory over Japan’s Sayaka Sato in the women’s singles competition in Jakarta today.

Fifth seed Saina saw off Sato 21-12, 14-21, 21-17 in a hard-fought match that lasted 57 minutes at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

The world number five Indian will next take on qualifier Aprilla Yuswandaroi of Indonesia tomorrow. Saina played long rallies and accumulated points with her better net play.

After an initial fight till 6-6, Saina broke off to bag the first game and take a 1-0 lead in the match. In the second game, Saina had a 12-5 lead but blew it off as Sato caught up with her at 13-13 before winning six straight points to level the match 1-1.

In the decider, Saina opened up an 8-1 lead and kept her nose ahead to seal the issue comfortably in the end. This was her fifth victory over Sato. 

Keywords:- Saina Nehwal, Indonesia Open Super Series Premier, Sayaka Sato, Jakarta.

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