Taipei, Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying (???) on Saturday beat her Indian rival in two straight sets to advance to the women's singles final of the 2018 Badminton Asia Championships in Wuhan, China.
Currently ranked World No. 2, Tai defeated the 12th ranked Saina Nehwal 27-25, 21-19 in a match that lasted just 45 minutes.
Prior to Saturday's match, the Taiwanese had a 10-5 lifetime edge over Nehwal and had won their last eight encounters, but Nehwal had been in form throughout the tournament, knocking off 24th seed Jang Mi Lee of South Korea, 48th seed Gao Fangjie of China and Chinese Yeo Jiamin in previous matches without dropping a single set.
In the final, Tai will come up against Chen Yufei (???) of China, the 6th seeded player in the tournament and currently No. 5 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) ranking.
Tai had held the top spot in the BWF's world rankings for 72 consecutive weeks, but dropped to second position last week due to adjustments to the federation's scoring system.
Tai, who has 87,103 career points, will have a chance to regain her top women's singles world ranking if she beats Chen on Sunday.
The World No. 1 title is currently held by Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, who has so far scored 87,411 career points in over 16 BWF-sanctioned tournaments.
The 2018 Badminton Asia Championships is being held at Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium until Sunday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel