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first_imgSaina Nehwal easily defeated Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia to storm into the final of the Denmark Open in Odense on Saturday.Nehwal rarely broke a sweat in the semi-final as she beat Mariska 21-11 21-12 in exactly 30 minutes.Nehwal will face World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan, who defeated He Bingjiao of China 21-14 21-12, in the final on Sunday.Time to settle [email protected] thrashes Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia in straight games, 21-11; 21-12 to enter the finals of #DenmarkOpen750 for the second time since 2012. Will face-off with World No 1, #TaiTzuYing in the finals. #IndiaontheRise #badminton Media (@BAI_Media) October 20, 2018Tai Tzu has an overwhelming 12-5 career head-to-head record against Saina. Saina last defeated Tai Tzu in 2013 and since then the Chinese Taipei shuttler has been victorious in the last 10 matches between the two.This year, world number 10 Saina has lost all her four matches against Tai Tzu, the last being the semifinal clash in the Asian Games in Jakarta in August.In the semifinal match against Tunjung, it was, however, a cakewalk for Saina as she completely dominated from start to finish in both the games.With Parupalli Kashyap, with whom she is getting married later this year, cheering her at the corner of the court, Saina reeled off easy points one after the other with her Indonesian rival not giving much resistance.Saina was 10-4 ahead in no time and extended the lead to 17-8 before pocketing the first game in just 13 minutes.advertisementTunjung gave a semblance of a fight in the second game which lasted a bit longer than the first.Saina took a 7-3 lead but Tunjung fought back to level scores at 7-7 but there was no looking back for the Indian from there on as she surged ahead with a series of points before pocketing the second game to win the match.Earlier, Kidambi Srikanth lost his men’s singles semi-final match to Kento Momota of Japan to bow out of the Denmark Open.Second seed Momota took 42 minutes to outplay the seventh seed Indian shuttler 21-16, 21-12 in straight games to advance.Srikanth struggled from the start and failed to find his rhythm which cost him the match.(With inputs from PTI)last_img