Bangkok, June 9 (IANS): India’s Saina Nehwal defeated Thai Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 24-22, 21-11 to enter the finals of the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold badminton event here on Saturday.
The world No.5 took 42 minutes to get the better of 17th-ranked Buranaprasertsuk in the semifinals. Saina faces another Thai Ratchanok Inthanon in the summit clash on Sunday.
World No.11 Inthanon beat Lin Wang of China 21-13, 21-19 in the other semifinal encounter.
Top seed Saina did most of the hard work in the first game, staging a remarkable fightback after trailing 2-9. She also saved three game points before converting her first one.
The tables turned in the second game as Saina took a 9-3 lead and raced to victory.