Saina Nehwal raring to go in World Super Series Finals


Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal, ranked No.6 in the world, said she is geared up and raring to go for the Super Series Finals as the draws were announced at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium on Tuesday.

“I have worked hard and prepared well for the tournament. I feel I am ready to challenge in Kuala Lumpur,” said the only Indian player to have qualified for the grand finale.

“Whatever the draw is, there will be no easy matches in the Super series finals and I am completely prepared for it. I will take each match as it comes and give my best,” said Saina, the 2011 runners-up.

Saina has been clubbed with Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in the same group. Japan’s Minatsu Mitani and Yeon Ju Bae of South Korea are the other players in Group B besides Saina, who is seeded second, and Xuerui.

China’s Shixian Wang, Thai Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, South Korean Ji Hyun Sung and Chinese Taipei’s Tzu Ying Tai are in Group A of the year-ending $500,000 showpiece event. The top two from each group will progress to the semi-finals.

Though Saina has not won a single tournament this year, she has maintained the No.2 position in the rankings this season, enabling her to qualify for the December 11-15 tournament….

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