New Delhi, March 18: Defending champion Saina Nehwal reached her second consecutive final of the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold with a straight—game victory over Japan's Minatsu Mitani in the semifinals in Basel, Switzerland.
The Indian ace registered a 21—16 21—18 triumph over Mitani in 35 minutes to set up a summit clash with second seed Shixian Wang.
The world number three Chinese beat eighth seed Inthanon Ratchanok of Thailand 21—17 21—15 in another women's singles match last night.
Saina, who turned 22 yesterday, didn't allow the Japanese to come close to her as she opened up a 3—0 lead and kept extending it to pocket the first game.
In the second game, Mitani showed some aggression and led 7—3, but Saina caught up with her and then moved ahead to seal the match.
The world number five Saina had beaten sixth seed Xin Liu of China 21—12 21—13 in the quarterfinals.