Saina storms into Indonesia Masters final

Eighth seed Saina Nehwal recorded a stunning come-from-behind to defeat He Bingjiao and soar into the final of the Indonesia Masters.

Saina Nehwal will face the winner of the second semifinal between Carolina Marin and Yufei Chen in Sunday's final.   -  PTI

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.