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Super Saina does it again! Nehwal pips Su Yu to win $750,000 Australian Open

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Indian badminton sensation Saina Nehwal, on 12 June, ended her fifteen-month title drought with an astounding triumph over China's Sun Yu and clinched her second Australian Open Super Series title at the Sydney Olympic Park.

After going down in the first-game, seventh-seed Saina rebounded strongly to register a 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 triumph over her Chinese compatriot in the gruelling summit showdown of the women's singles event that lasted one hour and 11 minutes.

With her second Australian Open title, Saina has also improved her head-to-head record with Sun Yu to 6-1.

The 26-year-old had earlier snapped her semi-final jinx after claiming a straight-game victory over second-seed Wang Yihan of China in the $750,000 tournament.

Earlier, Saina had struggled to breach the last-four stage in the major tournaments as she made a slew of semifinal finishes at the Swiss Grand Prix Gold, India Super Series, Malaysia Super Series Premier Open and Asia Badminton Championships.

Her last major title win came in 2015 when she won the Indian Open Super Series. The London Olympics bronze medallist failed to defend her title at home earlier this year, apart from her quarterfinal exits at All England and Indonesian Open this year.

First published: 12 June 2016, 3:18 IST