New Delhi: World No. 6 and defending champion Saina Nehwal survived an 83 minutes battle to advance to the semi-finals of India Open on Friday.
The battle between Saina Nehwal and Sung Ji Hyun was never a letup in the tension. Starting when Nehwal was forced repeatedly to coming from behind before fighting tooth and nail to outlast No. 5 seed South Korean Sung Ji Hyun 19-21, 21-14, 21-19 in a match that witnessed long rallies and a lot of unforced errors.
It was a combination of joy and relief for Saina Nehwal after she beat Sung Ji Hyun at the 2016 India Open badminton tournament in New Delhi. (photo: AFP/Prakash Singh)