"If you play too aggressively, it can break down your concentration and against Chinese players, you need to be patient because they can change the pace of the game anytime. So I had to fight it out for the win," said Saina, who faces compatriot and second seed P V Sindhu in the final Sunday.
Saina will take on P V Sindhu in the final on Sunday
"This match was very important as I reached a final after a long time. I got a bit emotional at the end. I had a lost some very close games recently so I was patiently playing for each and every point which eventually helped me win," the Hyderabadi added.
This is Saina's first final since the French Open Super Series in October 2012 when she lost to Japan's Minatsu Mitani.