Malaysia Masters: Nehwal to take on Thai teen Pornpawee in finals

Sarawak [Malaysia], Jan. 21 : Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal will aim to clinch her first title since coming back from injury when she takes on Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong in the finals of the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here today.

The top-seed yesterday booked her place in the finals of the ongoing tournament after crushing Hong Kong's YIP Pui Yin 21-13, 21-10 in a one-sided semi-final clash of the women's singles event that lasted around half-an-hour.

Meanwhile, Chochuwong stormed into the summit showdown after surviving scare against second-seed Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong 21-19, 20-22, 21-18.

Saina had endured an injury-plagued 2016 season.She sustained an intra-articular injury (inside the joint) to her right knee which affected her progress in the badminton event at the Rio Olympic 2016 where she lost in the group stage.

Subsequently, she also underwent a knee surgery at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute in Mumbai before returning to action in China Open in November last year.

Source: ANI