Saina brushes aside Hyo Min
Seoul, September 26
Saina Nehwal emerged as the lone Indian survivor at the Korea Open after reaching the pre-quarterfinals with a straight-game win over South Korea’s Kim Hyo Min.
The former world No. 1 defeated Kim Hyo Min 21-12 21-11 in a lopsided contest. The fifth seeded Indian will face local qualifier Kim Ga Eun next.
However, it was curtains for Sameer Verma and rising shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka. While Verma ran out of steam against Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, going down 21-15 16-21 7-21, young Vaishnavi was ousted 21-10 21-9 by sixth seed Beiwen Zhang of USA. Saina didn’t face much competition from her first-round opponent as she opened up a 6-2 lead and then jumped to a 12-3 advantage before moving ahead to pocket the first game. In the second game, Saina moved to a 5-2 lead and then moved to an 18-10 advantage to seal the contest comfortably.