Sibu (Malaysia): India’s ace Badminton player Saina Nehwal today defeated Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong by 22-20 and 22-20 to clinch Malaysia Masters final in straight sets.
The 26-year-old Indian utilised her bank of experience to pull off a 22-20, 22-20 win in 46 minutes to bag her first title after making a comeback after a knee surgery she underwent in August.
Nehwal was forced to dig deep to overcome unseeded Thailand teenager Pornpawee Chochuwong in straight games to clinch the women’s singles title of the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold here on Sunday.
The 26-year-old top seed utilised her bank of experience and her vintage never-say-die attitude to pull off a 22-20, 22-20 win in 46 minutes to bag her first title after making a comeback after a knee surgery she underwent in August.
Pornpawee equalised at the 11-point mark and thereafter the two were back in playing a neck-and-neck contest. Saina then pushed ahead towards a strong finish and ran away to a 10-16 advantage but only to see Pornpawee, showing her youthful energy, pull herself level at 20-all.
However, Saina managed to pull out a 22-20 win to seal the championship.
After the win, the 2015 World Championship runner-up thanked her coaches U. Vimal Kumar and Upendra Rana and physios Heath Mathews and Arvind Nigam.