Saina Nehwal made a phenomenal comeback to defeat China’s He Bingjiao 18-21, 21-12, 21-18 and storm into the final of the Indonesia Masters on Saturday.
The 28-year-old Indian lost the first game 18-21 but put up a dominating display to clinch the second game 21-12 and push the tie deciding third game.
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Saina had a comfortable 10-6 lead in the third game but sixth seed Bingjiao found the lines at the right points and went on a five-point streak to claw her way back and clinch a 11-10 lead. Bingjiao continued to lead at 13-11 but that was all the room Saina offered her.
Both players claimed alternate points over the next eight rallies and the scoreline read 16-16 at one point. Saina upped the ante when it mattered the most to bag the next three points and held on to seal a remarkable win.
Eighth seed Saina will now face the winner of the second semifinal between Carolina Marin and Yufei Chen in Sunday's final.