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Saina, Intanon likely to battle out at Thailand Masters finals

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Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and former World Champion Intanon Ratchanok are likely to clash in the finals of the Thailand Masters as the two have been drawn in opposite halves in the USD 1,20,000 Grand Prix Gold tournament to be held in Bangkok from February 8 to 13.

World No. 2 Saina, who will open her new season as the defending champion at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, will also look to clinch the Thailand Masters title and pocket some valuable points for 2016 Olympic qualification.

The top seeded Indian have been handed an easy draw as she will take on Singapore’s Jiayuan Chen in her opening match and is likely to meet sixth seed Busanan Ongbumrungphan of Thailand in the quarterfinals at Bangkok’s Nimibutr Building.

The Olympic bronze medallist is likely to face China’s World No.11 Sun Yu in the last four. The Indian had lost to the Chinese in 2013 China Open but overall she has beaten her five times.

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