Saina Nehwal beat South Korea’s Youn Joo Bae to reach the finals of the 2011 Swiss Open. Nehwal prevailed 21-19, 13-21, 21-14 in a hard fought 58 minute encounter. Joo had never beaten Saina in competitive badminton fixtures since playing together in the junior circuits, and Saturday was no different. Nehwal was trailing 6-14 in the first game, but stormed back to take the game 21-19.
Saina will play another Korean in the form of Sung Ji Hyun in the final. Sung Ji Hyun beat Germany’s Juliane Schenk in the other semifinals of the tournament.