Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:26:07 GMT | By Vineet sharma, India Syndicate

Super Saina seals 3rd Indonesian Open title

Saina Nehwal defeated China's Li Xuerui 13-21 22-20 21-19 to win her third Indonesian Open title in Jakarta. Scroll down and read the blow-by-blow account of Saina's sensational victory.


Super Saina seals 3rd Indonesian Open title

“I love the crowd here. I feel like a champion here. I thank all of them for the great support,”

The gold medal is dangling around her neck and she is all smiles. And why not, this has been one amazing fight back from Saina. Li Xuerui has been her nemesis and therefore this victory must be all the more satisfying for the ace shuttler. Saina's mental strength has seen her through another championship win and we hope the purple patch continues with the Olympics round the corner.

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BIG BREAKING NEWS: She's won it! Saina has won her third Indonesian Open title. She takes the final set 21-19. This is her second title win in two weeks. She's been in sizzling form, was tested a bit, but came through with flying colours. She saved two match points in the second game and fought back brilliantly to take the match into the deciding third game. Well done Super Saina. Another feather in her cap, with another Super Series win.

MATCH STATS

Saina NehwalPlayersLi Xuerui
38Smash winner44
12Net winner13
6Clear winner3
0Other0
5Most consecutive points6
3Game points3
116Total points played116
56Total points won60

GAME 3

Saina NehwalPlayersLi Xuerui
21Score19
15Smash winner15
3Net winner4
3Clear winner0
0Other0
4Most consecutive points5
2Game points0
40Total points played40
21Total points won19

2:33 pm: Saina 18 Li 16
Two many errors from Li after the break. They are fighting tooth and nail. Saina has a 1-4 record against the Chinese and she would be itching to change the trend. What better place, than a championship final, to reverse the record. Li hits it long and Saina clinches another vital point. Great point from Li, she seals it with a scorching smash. She's played quite a few today.

2:30 pm: Saina 13 Li 13
Saina restores parity and makes it 11-11, thanks to an unforced error from Li. And another error--this time the Chinese returns it into the net and gives away another point. Li gifted away two points and then a net error helped her pull back one.

Some fabulous badminton on display. Both the finalists are exchanging punches and counterpunches. Every time one of these players surges ahead, the other one responds with a winner.

2.20 pm: Saina 9 Li 9
Li returns with a net point and follows it up with a powerful smash. She's level with Saina 5-5 and then opens a one point lead. Intense contest in the middle. You just can't take your eyes off this one. An anxious Gopichand is seen along the sidelines. Saina's supporters are vastly outnumbered by Li's fans.

2: 15 pm: Saina 5 Li 2
Can Saina win her third Indonesian Open title? Great start, Saina takes the first point, but Li equalises swiftly and takes a one point lead. Powerful shot-making from Saina puts Li on the defensive. She roars as she takes the third point of the final game. Saina is pumped up and Li looks a tad shaky under pressure.

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