Saina Nehwal bags silver at World Badminton Championship
Saina Nehwal lost to Spain's Carolina Marin (21-16, 21-19) in the finals of the World Badminton Championship in Jakarta on Sunday. This was her second loss to Marin; the earlier one being at the All England Championship. In the entire match, Sania never seemed to be in control and was always on the defensive. An anthem gaffe in the medals-ceremony, left the officials red-faced.
Saina made India proud by becoming the first Indian to win the World Junior Championship title in 2008. Not only did Saina win the Indonesia Open title in 2009, Saina also reached a career zenith world ranking of No. 2 in the same year. In 2012, Nehwal made history by becoming the first Indian badminton player to win a medal at the Olympics.
Nehwal has been honoured with Arjuna Award in 2009, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2009-2010 and Padma Shri award in 2010.
Saina won the Australian Open on 29 June 2014 and did well in the Thomas & Uber Cup, but lost to Li Xuerui at the World Championship. In March 2014, she became the first Indian to reach the finals of the prestigious All England Open. On 29 March 2015, she won the Indian Open Title series.
Saina Nehwal made her place all the way up to the top on the newly released BWF ranking list. Her move to the top was declared after taking into account her ten best performances over the past 52 weeks. Before the tournament Saina was at Number 2 position with 74,381 points.
Saina Nehwal lost her World No. 1 ranking to Li Xuerui at the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur. Li Xuerui secured her place in the finals, beating Saina by 13-21, 21-17, 22-20. This defeat marks Saina's exit from the Malaysian Open. The Chinese Olympic winner has defeated Saina in 9 of their 11 meetings.
The BWF world rankings have ranked Saina Nehwal as the World No.1 once again. She had lost it to Li Xuerui last month, and went on to regain it ahead of the Australian Open which starts on May 26. Meanwhile, P V Sindhu slipped to 12th position. K Srikanth, P Kashyap and H S Prannoy maintained their 4th, 13th and 15th places respectively.