New Delhi Dec 19: India's ace shuttler world No. 4 Saina Nehwal showed her courage and brilliance against World champion and World No. 1 Wang Yihan of China in the women’s singles final of the $ 500,000 BWF World Super Series badminton championship in China, but at the end it was not good enough as Wang Yihan beaten Saina 18-21, 21-13, 21-13 in tight finish.
Saina played well and win the first set 21-18, but in next two set Wang Yihan was just too good for Saina when it mattered most in the crucial phases of the 72-minute final. At the start of the match, Saina never gave the impression that she was up against a world champion, racing away to an 8-2 convincing lead, showing lot of aggression and coming up with some stunning body smashes.
But after a good show, Saina lost her balance in some crucial movement in the match. In the second game, Yihan made amends and showed why she is such a class player, controlling the pace of the shuttle. The scores were levelled twice, four-all and 11-all, before the Chinese picked seven points in a row to take a huge 18-11 lead.That was the phase when Saina seemed to have lost focus as there were too many erratic returns and even missed out some easy points at the net too. And, Yihan essayed a backhand smash to clinch the game 21-13 and take the issue into the decider.
Though, the year 2011 is not good for ace shuttler as she had win only one Super Series title Swiss Open in 2011, in the rest of the tournament she failed with huge disappointments. But in the year end she came out very strongly and makes the history to become first Indian entered in the BWF World Super Series badminton finals.