Wang defeats Nehwal in Basel semi-final

Top seed Saina Nehwal was sent crashing out of the Swiss Open on Saturday after going down in straight games to China’s Wang Yihan.

The semi-final clash was all done and dusted within 40 minutes, as third seed Wang completed a fairly comfortable 21-11, 21-19 victory.

Nehwal found herself trailing early in both games and was never able to recover, although she did fight back from 11-5 down in the second game to lead 19-18, before her opponent again got away from her.

Awaiting Wang in Sunday’s final is He Bingjiao, who was responsible for another upset after beating her Chinese countrywoman, fifth seed Sun Yu, 21-15, 21-19 in 48 minutes.

While there was disappointment for Nehwal, Indian fans had reason to smile after 13th seed H.S. Prannoy advanced to the final in the men’s draw.

Prannoy needed to dig deep against Taipei’s Tzu Wei Wang, coming from a game down to secure a 12-21, 21-14, 23-21 victory after a testing 56 minutes.

Standing between him and the title is seventh seed Marc Zwiebler of Germany, who defeated Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen 21-11, 10-21, 21-15.

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