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By NewsGram Staff Writer

World No.2 shuttler Saina Nehwal created history by becoming the first Indian to enter the final of the badminton World Championships as the second seed defeated a stubborn Lindaweni Fanetri 21-17, 21-17 in the women’s singles semi-final here on Saturday.

Olympic bronze medallist Saina prevailed in a 55-minute encounter against the world No. 29 Indonesian. In the final on Sunday, the 25-year-old Indian will meet defending champion and top seed Carolina Marin of Spain, who overcame eight seed South Korean Sung Ji Hyun 21-17, 15-21, 21-16 in one hour and 30 minutes. Saina holds a 3-1 advantage in career meetings against the world No.1.

Going into the match, Saina was the heavy favourite but her opponent got a very good start. Saina took some time to attain momentum as Fanetri held a 6-2 lead. But once the former World No.1 founder her rhythm, she seized the initiative and pushed her rival on the back foot.

Fanetri was forced to play catch up but remained close to Saina’s score at the Istora Senayan stadium. The Hyderabadi held a three-point lead at 14-11 but Fanetri kept coming back, equalizing at 15-all. They were involved in long rallies for the next two points.

However, at 17-17, Saina utilized her experience and finished the game in her favour by taking three consecutive points. Saina’s deft net play played a key role in getting the better of the local talent of her same age.

At the start of the second game, when the score read 2-1 in favour of strong favourite Saina, Fanetri suffered a knock to her heavily bandaged right knee after a fall but continued her fight. Urged on by a vociferous partisan crowd, Fanetri kept fighting on even though she seemed to be struggling in her movement on the court.

At the break, the second seeded Indian held a 11-10 lead at the break before Fanetri equalized. Saina grabbed three points at a stretch to make it 14-11 but Fanetri equalized at the same score with sharp drop shots.

But Saina fought back for a 17-14 lead before her opponent employed two sharp smashes to make it 16-17. Saina got two more points before her opponent reduced the deficit to one at 18-17.

However, Saina once again wrestled the key moments as she bagged three consecutive points to seal the game 21-17 and march into the final.

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Directed by Amol Gupte and produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, the Saina Nehwal biopic went on floors on September 22

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Shraddha shares sporty 'Saina' look. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is busy shooting “Saina” – based on the life of badminton player Saina Nehwal, has unveiled her first look from the film.

The 31-year-old took to Instagram and posted a picture showcasing her transformation into the ace badminton player, who won the bronze for the country in 2012 London Olympics.

In the picture, Shraddha Kapoor can be seen wearing a sports outfit with India’s flag on it and holding a racquet in her hand.

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Shraddha Kapoor. Wikimedia commons

Sharing her film’s shoot experience, Shraddha said, “Saina’s parents gave lots of love to me and they treated me like a family when I visited their home, so, it felt really nice to see them here.”

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Directed by Amol Gupte and produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, the Saina Nehwal biopic went on floors on September 22. (IANS)