Back in June 2012, Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated China’s Xuerui Li to clinch her third Indonesia Open Super Series title.
In what can be called as a real see-saw encounter, the Indian international held her nerves and eventually defeated her counterpart with the scores standing at 13-21 22-20 21-19.
“It was a really, really tough and I love the crowd here. It’s really nice here. Whenever I enter the court, I feel like a champion here,” said the then 22-year-old.
Given the then head to head record of both the competitors, it was the battle of honour for the Indian and she duly delivered what was promised. Saina started the game on a low as the Chinese international managed to grab a comfortable four-point lead in the beginning and she soon extended the margin with the scores now standing at 11-6.
Li completely outpowered Saina in the first game as she won it by a thumping margin of 13-21.
However, Saina was never the one to be taken as granted. She managed a three-point lead (7-4)early in the second game and then went further on until the scores stood at 11-7, and at that point of time, she begins to lose it, as her competitor came back to haunt her and overtook the lead with the scores now standing at 18-20. Another point and Saina would have lost the title. But this is the line where we differentiate a professional and an amateur.
She pumped her adrenaline and eventually won the game by 22-20.
Once pumped up, the Indian started off the final game in style as she took a 5-2 lead, however, the lead wasn’t up for grab as the Chinese fought back. But as the game headed towards the final moment, Saina somehow managed to win the game by the closest of Marin of 21-19.