Enters Indonesia Open final with easy win over Eriko Hirose
Dev S Sukumar
Jakarta, June 26: Saina Nehwal’s astonishing run of form continued as she made the final of the Indonesia Open Super Series in Jakarta with an unexpectedly easy victory over Eriko Hirose of Japan. The top seed required less than half-an-hour to beat a player who had beaten her at the Denmark Open Super Series in October. Saina’s clinical 21-9 21-10 victory on Saturday leaves her just a victory short of defending her Indonesia Open title, and a further move up the rankings.
Remarkably, this was the Indian’s third successive final. Having won the India Open GP Gold and the Singapore Open Super Series, the top seed will go into the final as the overwhelming favourite. Saina will play Sayaka Sato, also of Japan, in the final. Saina had beaten Sato in the final of the World Junior Championships at Pune in 2009.
Eriko Hirose was expected to trouble Saina, but the Indian, running a rich vein of form, stepped on the accelerator from the start and never eased up. She destroyed Hirose in the first game, not allowing her to even get into double digits. The second game was marginally better for the Japanese, who managed 10 points.
In the men’s singles final, home favourite Taufik Hidayat will attempt to win the Indonesia Open for a record seventh time. Taufik dismissed third seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam 21-17 21-12 and will take on world No.1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who had it equally easy over Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro, 21-13 21-9.