first_img(REOPENS FGN 7) (REOPENS FGN 7) In the decider, Saina and Sun once again fought tooth and nail to move to 3-3 before the Indian opened up a 6-3 lead and maintained it to reach 8-5. Sun, however, drew parity after Saina committed a few unforced errors. Sun soon lead 9-8. Saina, however, didnt allow the momentum shift and entered the break with a slender 11-10 lead after winning three points which included a video referral judgement. What ensued next was fierce rallies with Saina trying to play Sun in all corners of the court. The Indian, however, missed the lines a few times and Sun too came up with some accurate smashes to keep breathing down her neck at 14-15. A determined Saina, however, moved to a four-point lead with Sun again hitting out. The Indian herself produced a couple of superb down the line smashes. A fighting Sun once again cut down the lead with a cross court smash. But Saina soon moved to match point at 20-17. Sun saved two after Saina hit wide and then faltered at the net. However, the Indian grabbed the next point when Sun hit the net and threw her arms in the air in celebration. Saina had become the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the World No.1 on April 2 last year, following her title win at the India Open. She won a silver at the World Championship in August in Jakarta, Indonesia. She also reached the finals of the China Open Super Series Premier in November but a nagging ankle injury saw her form dip as she missed a series of events before making a comeback at the India Open. She registered a series of semifinal finishes at the India Open, Malaysia Open, Badminton Asia Championships. She also won a bronze, her second in the Asian Championships. In June, she reached the quarters at the Indonesia Open Superseries Premier. PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img

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