Posted On Friday, October 26, 2012 at 08:14:25 AM
London: Olympics bronze medallist shuttler, Saina Nehwal notched up a comfortable straight-game victory over Thailand’s Sapsiree Taerattanachai at the French Open Super Series yesterday and stayed on course for her second successive title after Denmark Open triumph last week.
The 22-year-old from Hyderabad, who had won her maiden Denmark Open title last Sunday, looked in control throughout the second round match against Sapsiree and prevailed 21- 16 21-13 in a 37-minute women’s singles event to move into the quarter-finals.
The top-seeded Indian rode on her eight smash winners and 12 clear winners to claim her second victory over world number 27 Sapsiree. Sapsiree clawed back at 13-13 but Saina soon reeled off five straight points to extend the gap, which the Thai girl failed to bridge.
In the second game, Saina didn’t allow Sapsiree any chance to cut down the lead as she dominated right from the start.
From 4-1, the Indian consistently surged ahead.Saina is likely to take on another Thai girl in seventh seed Ratchanok Intanon, who will face Indonesia’s Aprilla Yuswandari in another pre-quarterfinal match.