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Saina in quarters

Saina Nehwal with the Denmark Open trophy she won earlier this week

Paris: London Olympics bronze medallist shuttler, Saina Nehwal notched up a comfortable straight-game victory over Thailand’s Sapsiree Taerattanachai at the French Open Super Series here, on Wednesday, and stayed on course for her second successive title after Denmark Open triumph last week.

The 22-year-old from Hyderabad, who had won her maiden Denmark Open title last Sunday by beating Germany’s Juliane Schenk 21-17, 21-8, looked in control throughout the second round match against Sapsiree and prevailed 21-16, 21-13 in a 37-minute women’s singles event to move into the quarter finals.

Saina also gained a position to climb up to third spot in the latest world rankings.

The top seeded Indian rode on her eight smash winners and 12 clear winners to claim her second victory over world number 27 Sapsiree. Saina had beaten her in the All England Championship in March this year.

Saina, who jumped one place to reach the third spot in the latest world badminton ranking, initially engaged in a fierce battle with the Thai girl, before opening up a narrow four-point lead midway at 12-8.

(Agencies)