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Saina Nehwal in Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix final
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September 14, 2008 11:06 IST

Saina Nehwal [Images] thrashed Indonesia's Pia Zebadiah Bernadet to enter the women's singles final in the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Saturday.

The world No 14-ranked Indian, who became the first Indian woman to win a four-star badminton tournament at the Philippines Open in 2006, won the semi-final 21-7, 21-11.

She will meet unseeded Malaysian Li Ya Lydia Cheah, who defeated local girl Yi Ju Chiu in the other semi-final.

This is the third major final for the Indian ace, who also entered the summit clash at the World Junior badminton championship in 2007.

Saina was looking forward to a semi-final meeting Maria Kristin Yulianti, who had beaten her in the quarter-finals at the Beijing [Images] Olympics [Images], but Pia shocked Yulianti in the quarter-finals.

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