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Saina in semifinals of Japan Open


Tokyo : India’s Saina Nehwal moved into the women’s singles semifinal of the Japan Open Super series badminton with a 21-17, 21-13 defeat of Singapore’s Juan Gu here Friday.

Saina, seeded fourth, coasted to victory in mere 29 minutes.

She next plays eighth-seeded Juliane Schenk of Germany against whom she leads 5-2 head-to-head.

The two last met in Hong Kong Open Super Series 2010, where Saina came off a winner in three tough games.