New Delhi: India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated second seed Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand 19-21, 21-15, 21-10 to lift the Thailand Open on Sunday.
After going down in the first set, Saina clawed back in the second game, as the local favourite, Inthanon looked lost. After that Saina kept the momentum going in the third with some brilliant moves at the net to clinch her second title of the season.
Going into the Olympics, this win will definitely boost Saina's confidence as she is peaking at the right time and can be a major contender for a medal in London.
In the semi-final match, Saina kept her unbeaten record against third seed Porntip Buranaprasertsuk by beating 24-22, 21-11.
Saina had defended her title at the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold in March in Basel, Switzerland early this year.