NEW DELHI, April 1: Defending champion Saina Nehwal took another step towards retaining her title when she played out of her skin to eke out a thrilling win over Korea�s Sung Ji Hyun in the quarterfinals of the India Open Super Series here today.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina defeated Sung 19-21, 21-14, 21-19 in an energy-sapping women�s last-eight match at the Siri Fort stadium.
There was hardly any winner in the grueling three-game match as each rode on the other�s unforced errors.
Saina, who has beaten Sung five times in the past used her drops early on to catch the Korean at the forecourt. � PTI