2011 Korea Open Super Series preview: Saina Nehwal ready for Korean challenge

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  • 2011 Korea Open Super Series preview: Saina Nehwal ready for Korean challenge

2011 Korea Open Super Series preview: Saina Nehwal ready for Korean challenge

Badminton’s world number 4 Saina Nehwal from India is set to compete in the Korea Open after having a successful season in 2010 by winning not only three Super Series Titles but also the Commonwealth Games gold medal.  According to Saina, hard work and not her past triumphs will help her win the title.

Badminton World Federation has recently started some new series with the Korea Open being the first. The five main Super Series have been updated to Super Series Premier which begins with the opening of the Korea Open 2011. It has been made mandatory that the top seed players to play these events, offering them more points as well as increased  prize money.

The prize of the Korea Open is worth $1.2 million, attracting many players to compete. Saina’s first encounter will be the Chinese Tzu Ying Tai ranking 21st  in the world, an opponent Saina defeated in the Singapore Open Series in June 2010.

As the series finds pace, the competition will become intense. The next opponent for Saina would be with Sayako Sato of Japan. Interestingly Sato had also been defeated once by Saina in the Indonesia Super Series. Saina is all set to beat her rivals as her morale is high. Saina arriving in Seoul said, “Though I had a great season last year, its history now. I have to start fresh again and all the players will be keen to start the season on a high note. So it's not going to be easy.”

If Saina wins the opening rounds, she would be facing Shixian Wang, the world number 2 and the Asian Games Champion in the quarter-finals. Saina, who has lost to Shixian at the World Championships will be ready and eager to take revenge. Saina has just returned from an injury, but her spirit to win and enjoy the game is evident by setting aside her previous triumphs to concentrate on the upcoming event.

In the men’s division, Indian singles Parupalli Kashyap will compete with Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the opening round.  Defeating him will place Kashyap in front of Peter Gade of Denmark. As for the doubles team, it will be much more competitive  for the previous world champions Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork of England.  In the women’s double category, there is a fly-over for the first round as the Hong Kong’s women’s doubles Tsk Ka Chan and Hol Wah Chau have withdrawn.

 

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