Kuala Lumpur, Dec 19: India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal shrugged off her first match disappointment and thumped fourth-seed Hongyan Pi of France in straight games to keep her hopes of making the semi-finals alive in the World Super Series Masters Finals, in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, Dec 19.
Saina who is world number 10 thrashed the French, ranked 3 notches higher than her 21-18, 21-13 in a 34-minute contest. She will face sixth-seed and world No.11 Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia later on Friday, Dec 19.
18-year-old Saina did leave her opponent huffing and puffing all over the court and indulged in some sharp smashed to gallop her way to sealing the first set 21-18. In the next set, Hogyan showcased some powerful strokes and matched Saina's smashes. But Saina was in no mood to give an inch also. She played close to the nets and raced away with the game 21-13.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)