Switzerland: India’s badminton sensation Saina Nehwal won her first title of the year by securing the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold trophy in a straight-game victory in the final against Ji Hyun Sung of Korea in Switzerland on Sunday.

Saina, who is seeded second in the tournament, humbled Ji Hyun 21-13 21-14 in 43 minutes to level scores for her quarterfinal exit from the All England Super Series in Birmingham last week.

Ranked fourth in the world, Saina had beaten the unseeded Korean, ranked 19th, during the first round of Indonesia Open Super Series last year.

Indian ace shuttler, who had a quiet start to the year after recovering from a ligament injury, displayed extraordinary game all through the tournament to swell her trophy cabinet.

Ji Hyun tried well but Saina indomitable as she broke off and pitched ahead to pocket the first game comfortably.

In the second game, Saina was ruthless as she opened a four-point lead at 7-3, and held fort to canter to her first title of the season.

The 21-year-old had won three Super Series titles last year -- Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong Open -- besides winning the Commonwealth Games gold and India Grand Prix gold.

She also won the Indonesian Super Series in 2009 besides winning the Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold in 2008.


(Agencies)