Korea Open: Saina Nehwal enters quarters beating Kim Ga Eun

Seoul: Indian ace Saina Nehwal enters quarterfinals of the USD 600,000 Korea Open after defeating South Korea’s Kim Ga Eun in Seoul on Thursday.

Saina Nehwal will cross swords with 2017 world champion and third seed Japanese Nozomi Okuhara. Saina has a 6-3 head-to-head count against the Okuhara but she has lost to the Japanese in the last two meetings.

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Today, she made a great start, jumping to a 10-2 lead but Kim narrowed the gap 8-11 at the break.After the breather, Saina continued to move ahead, grabbing a 16-10 lead but the Korean reeled off six straight points to draw level at 18-18. However, Saina ensured there were no hiccups, grabbing the required three points to pocket the opening game.

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Kim came back strongly in the second game, surging to an 8-1 advantage but the experienced Saina slowly clawed her way back to 10-13 and then claimed seven points on the trot to turn the tables on the Korean, reaching 17-13.

From there on, Saina sealed the contest, despite Kim’s attempts to fightback.

(Source- PTI)