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Saina a win away from Malaysia Masters title

 Radhika |  2017-01-21 17:13:49.0  |  Sarawak (Malaysia)

India ace Saina Nehwal produced a dominating performance to notch up a straight-game win over Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin to seal her place in the finals of the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold here on Saturday.
London Olympics bronze medallist, Saina, who has been desperately looking for a win to boost her confidence after recovering from a knee surgery, thrashed fifth seed Yin 21-13, 21-10 in the semi-final here.

The 26-year-old Indian, who clinched the Australian Open last year, will face Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong in the summit clash. The unheralded World No 67 Thai shuttler stunned World No 19 Cheung Ngan Yi, seeded second, 21-19, 20-22, 21-18 in another semi-final match that lasted an hour and 16 minutes.

Coming into the match, Saina enjoyed a 6-2 head-to-head record against Yin, who had last beaten the Indian at 2010 Asian Games. The Indian extended her record to seven after producing another scintillating performance.

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