Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal rebounded from a poor start in the first game to defeat Sun Yu of China 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 in the final of Australian Open Super Series Badminton on Sunday. This was Saina's second Australian Open title. She last won the title in 2014.
Sun played at a very fast pace, which Saina failed to break initially. Saina struggled with the length of the shuttle and committed a few unforced errors early. She also missed some points at the net and hit wide to allow Sun a lead of 7-4.
The Indian superstar also did not succeed in connecting and reach for a few returns which allowed Sun to extend the lead at 10-5. At the break, Sun was leading 11-6.
Sun's two wide returns allowed Saina narrow the gap but the Chinese kept engaging her in fast rallies, stopping Saina from seizing control of the match.
The second game, however, started on an even-keel as the duo were once again locked at 4-4. The Chinese used her deceptive shots to handle tricky situations and also covered the front court well to lead 6-4.
The Indian grabbed some points to draw level and with Sun sending the shuttle outside twice, the Indian led 10-8. From here, Saina dominated the proceedings and did not allow Sun to bounce back.